The Birth Center
612-873-2229, or 612-873-BABY
You and your baby deserve our very best.
We believe every mother-to-be deserves the best maternity care there is. At the Birth Center, our family centered approach supports the vital role your family members play in ensuring the health and well-being of you and your baby during your pregnancy. HCMC also received a Baby-Friendly Hospital designation in 2015 recognizing us as a great place for your baby to get the best start possible.
We provide care that respects your preferences. We will communicate with you and involve you and your family in every aspect of planning your care.
Because every woman's pregnancy and personal preferences are unique, we offer a variety of childbirth experiences. Whichever path you choose, your care will be provided by highly experienced physicians and certified nurse-midwives.
HCMC, Minnesota's premier teaching hospital, is home to the largest maternity care teaching site in the Midwest so you can expect expert and innovative care.
We invite you to take a free tour of the Birth Center and meet our staff. For tour times, please refer to the Birth Center Tours Schedule.
Analgesic offered to mothers to cope with pain during labor
The same analgesic offered for dental procedures is offered to laboring moms at The Birth Center. Nitrous oxide is ideal option for patients coping with pain during labor – whether it's contractions, IV start-ups or lab procedures.
"Nitrous oxide is quick to set up, great for any time during labor, and it's safe for both mom and baby," explains Sara Wendt, Clinical Care Supervisor at The Birth Center. "Many of our moms are looking for a natural experience. Nitrous oxide combined with our Doula program, aromatherapy, and hydrotherapy offer women many options to reach that goal." Read more about this treatment on the HCMC News Blog.
Comfort through Aromatherapy
The Birth Center now offers Clinical Aromatherapy to better support your comfort. This includes essential oil inhalers containing lavender, mandarin and spearmint. Lavender is used to assist with comfort, pain relief, anxiety, insomnia, and to help you relax. Mandarin is used to assist with nausea, anxiety, insomnia, restlessness, and to enhance your mood. Spearmint is used to assist with nausea, fatigue, headache, indigestion, and cramps.