Transfer Your Care to MBC

Centering Pregnancy - Family-Centered Maternity Care

Why transfer care to MBC?

Finding a new provider or switching your care to midwife, even in your third trimester, isn’t as difficult as you might think.

Many of our clients choose to transfer care mid-pregnancy to the award-winning Minnesota Birth Center because of our Certified Nurse-Midwives’ proven record. Our experienced midwives are dedicated to assisting you in your journey to motherhood with your goals at the forefront, while providing you with safe, comprehensive care.

There are many reasons to change providers. You should consider switching providers if:

  • You feel unheard and your questions are dismissed or unanswered during prenatal appointments.
  • Your birth plan preferences are not allowed or encouraged.
  • You are uncomfortable with your provider’s suggested treatment.
  • You’d like to consider water birth and your current practice does not allow it.
  • You feel “like a number”.
  • Your provider doesn’t believe in financial transparency.
  • Doulas are not encouraged or allowed with your current care provider.
  • You’d like to pursue a VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) and aren’t sure your provider supports you.
  • Your birth philosophy has changed over the course of your pregnancy (and, yes, that’s ok!!!)

If the prenatal care you’re receiving isn’t meeting your needs or if your provider doesn’t support your preferences for birth, it’s time to change your provider. Let the Minnesota Birth Center tailor a birth experience that is right for you. Your best birth experience awaits you!

Your “Need to know” guidelines about transfers to MBC:

MBC happily welcomes transfers of care according to the following guidelines:

Birth Center Birth

Clients desiring an out-of-hospital birth at MBC-Minneapolis or MBC-St. Paul must have their first visit at MBC no later than 32 weeks and 6 days gestation* and meet the following requirements:

  • Arrange for compete prenatal records to be sent to MBC once you have your first visit on the calendar. We must receive these records prior to your first visit.
  • Attend MBC Orientation, if possible prior to the first visit.
  • Review the “What Conditions Could Prevent Me From Giving Birth with the Minnesota Birth Center?” section of the Frequently Asked Questions page of the MBC website.
  • Those who have not birthed previously must pursue childbirth education and/or doula services.

Transfer Clients will be conditionally accepted for care until their complete medical records are reviewed at the Transfer Visit.

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Exceptions to the “32 and 6 week” date may be made on a case-by-case basis for families who are moving from another area who have been receiving consistent prenatal care and have contacted MBC prior to the 32-week deadline to inquire about care at MBC.

Hospital Birth

Clients desiring a birth at United Hospital attended by MBC midwives must have their first visit at MBC no later than 34 weeks and 6 days gestation* and meet the following requirements:

  • Arrange for compete prenatal records to be sent to MBC once you have your first visit on the calendar. We must receive these records prior to your first visit.
  • Review the “What Conditions Could Prevent Me From Giving Birth with the Minnesota Birth Center?” section of the Frequently Asked Questions page of the MBC website.
  • Attend MBC Orientation, if possible prior to the first visit.
    • VBAC clients are not required to attend Orientation, but are welcome if interested.
    • For any other planned hospital births:
      • Orientation is required for any Transfer client who transfers prior to 32 weeks.
      • Orientation is not required for any Transfer client who transfers after 32 weeks, but is highly encouraged.
** Exceptions to the “34 and 6 week” date may be made on a case-by-case basis for families who are moving from another area who have been receiving consistent prenatal care and have contacted MBC prior to the 34-week deadline to inquire about hospital care with MBC.


All transfer clients, regardless of birthing location, must have complete records from the current pregnancy transferred to our offices prior to their first visit. Medical records can be transferred using the Release of Information form below and faxed to (612) 224-9622.

Release of Information (PDF)