COVID-19 Temporary Visitor Restrictions

As you approach your next visit at MBC, please be mindful of the following safety guidelines. Please note that these guidelines are subject to change as recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health are updated:

  • Take your temperature before coming to the birth center. If it is 100.0 or greater, please call us before you leave for your visit.
  • Consider your health and your family’s health before coming to the birth center.
    • Do not come to the birth center if you have current or recent symptoms of cough, fever, chills and/or shaking, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, shortness of breath and/or difficulty breathing, or new loss of taste or smell.
      • Stay at home for at least 10 days since the symptoms started
      • Stay at home for 3 days after the fever has resolved without fever-reducing medication and your other symptoms are better (whichever scenario is longer).
      • For example, if you had a fever and cough for 7 days, you need to stay home 3 additional days with no fever and improving respiratory symptoms, for a total of 10 days.
    • Even if you do not personally have symptoms, but one of the following is true, please call to speak to a nurse or a midwife before coming to the birth center (Minneapolis: 612-545-5311, St. Paul: 651-689-3988):
      • If you believe you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
      • If anyone in your household has had symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
  • All patients and visitors are required to wear a mask or face covering to clinical appointments. Bring your own if you have, or you can borrow one from us while you’re here.
  • Effective Monday, March 29th, a partner or other support person may attend all clinical appointments, provided they pass all standard COVID screening questions and wear a mask.
    • We also encourage partners/spouses/support people to participate in all virtual visits that are part of the prenatal care visit schedule.
  • Children may not attend any clinical appointments, with the exception of infants in arms. If you are having trouble with childcare, please call us and we will make a plan with you.
  • If this is not your first pregnancy, consider spacing your OB visits to up to 8 weeks apart until the third trimester if you feel comfortable doing so. Of greatest importance are the following visits:
    • 20-week ultrasound at 20-22 weeks
    • 24- to 28-week gestational diabetes test
    • 36-week group B strep test and hemoglobin
    • 41-week visit, including a non-stress test and Amniotic Fluid Index
  • Births at MBC are happening as normal. Only your partner and one other support person will be permitted to attend your birth. They both must be healthy and symptom-free to attend, and both must wear a mask while staff are in the room.

We each play a role in reducing the spread of COVID-19. Thank you for doing your part. We look forward to seeing you at your visit soon.

~The Minnesota Birth Center