As the global and local situation of the pandemic continues to evolve, Minnesota Birth Center (MBC) remains committed to the health and safety of our patients, staff, and community.

Read on for a summary of our current policies and practices, as of October 2021:

  • Clients may bring more than one visitor to their clinic appointments and in labor if desired. Children are now permitted.
  • Masks in clinic: Per current CDC guidelines for healthcare facilities, masks continue to be required for entrance into clinic (regardless of vaccination status), except for children under the age of two. If you have a mask at home please wear it into the building. If not, we will have masks available for your use. Please sanitize your hands prior to taking a mask. Note that we do not have child-sized masks; please bring them from home as needed.
  • Masks at births: Masks continue to be required for entrance at labors, except for the laboring client and children under the age of two. If you are a member of a client’s support team in labor, you must wear a mask anytime a provider is present in the birth room.
  • Our staff reserve the right to ask you to switch into a surgical mask. Based on guidance from MDH, the following mask types are not acceptable because they allow droplets to be released from the mask:
    • Any masks that incorporate a valve that is designed to facilitate easy exhaling
    • Mesh masks
    • Masks with openings, holes, visible gaps in the design or material, or vents.
  • Regardless of vaccination status, do not enter our building if you have any COVID-19 symptoms. Review them here.
  • Telehealth: We continue to offer some telehealth visits as a standard part of our prenatal, postpartum, and lactation care. Patients will receive a link prior to the appointment that will allow access to the virtual appointment room; no app download is necessary. We encourage partners/spouses/support persons to participate in these virtual visits as well.
  • Hospital births: As of January 1, 2021, MBC midwives have returned to both Abbott Northwestern and United Hospitals for transfers during labor. In addition, United remains our hospital for VBACs/vaginal births after cesareans. Please note that in instances of high birth volume the MBC midwives may refer laboring clients to the Allina obstetrical team in order to ensure that our team remains available for birth center births. To learn more about our birth center model as well as our unique safety net of hospital care please schedule a virtual Orientation.
  • Group gatherings: For the time being, all Minnesota Birth Center group events continue to be held virtually. This includes Orientations, Early Home Care classes, Prenatal Circle Group, Postpartum Circle Group, and Well Fed. We look forward to returning to in-person options as soon as is feasible.
  • We ask clients and visitors to continue to practice physical distancing with each other and with our staff.
  • We encourage all clients to read this statement from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) regarding the COVID-19 vaccine for those who are pregnant. Please see your midwife with questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Any questions about our COViD-19 policies and practices can be directed to