With You in Your Special Moment - The Birth Center
In labor? Call 507-646-1205. Need to schedule a Birth Center tour or a birth plan review? Call 507-646-1205.
Birth Center Expansion
We are excited to unveil our expanded birth center this fall. With adding fresh new spaces – and more birth options – to welcome even more babies in our nurturing, family-centered environment.
The multi-phase project includes new labor and delivery rooms plus new patient rooms, our first-ever water birth suite, and a triage room (Fall 2020); a dedicated operating room for cesarean sections, and a new nursery (Winter 2020-21); and a larger, comfortable waiting room, plus remodeling of current patient rooms (Spring 2021). The Birth Center welcomed 538 babies in 2019. Our expansion makes room for 750 babies a year.
We’re committed to continuing the top-quality, personal care we give to every family who has their baby here.
Information on Delivering Your Baby During COVID-19
- Get answers to Frequently Asked Question about Pregnancy and Delivery and COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
- For the latest information on visit restrictions, please visit the COVID-19 information page.
- NH+C’s Birth Center is following CDC guidelines for providing obstetric care for pregnant patients with confirmed or suspected coronavirus disease (COVID-19). See the CDC’s guidelines here: http://bit.ly/cdc-birth-coronavirus
- We can deliver your baby if you go into labor while you’re sick with a contagious condition. If you’re in labor, call the Birth Center at 507-646-1205.
- If you are not in labor and are ill and think you may have been exposed to coronavirus, call your healthcare provider.
- Delivering Your Baby at NH+C During COVID-19 Video - Having a baby is an exciting time. We know it’s also a nervous time right now, too. We’re taking extensive precautions in our Birth Center to protect you and your baby, with the full resources of a hospital and doctors and care team as needed. We’re committed to giving you the safest, most comfortable birth experience possible. Please watch this video for more information on what we are doing.
Why the Birth Center
We know the birthing experience is a very special time for you and your family! The Birth Center welcomes over 500 new babies into the world each year. We offer a nurturing, family-centered and safe environment that allows you to focus on the miracle of your new baby. Families really enjoy the continuity of care as many will have the same nurse the day after delivery as during. They understand your journey and your personal and baby care education needs.
Childbirth Education Classes
Classes offered include: Prepared Childbirth, Baby Basics, Breastfeeding Basics, Birth Planning Session, Baby Talk and Clase Prenatal para Latinos. Get detailed information on Classes.
Birth Planning and PreRegistration
A birth plan lets us know your wishes for your child's birth. When completing your birth plan, you will answer questions regarding your birth experience: labor, delivery, baby care/feeding education needs, etc. This helps us to provide the individualized care you want during your delivery. It also helps us collect information for pre-registration to the hospital as well as for the birth certificate. Please complete and print all 4 forms and bring them with you when you come for your tour or are in labor. - Birth Plan Form, Patient Registration Form, MN Department of Health Birth Record Form.
In the last month of your pregnancy, schedule a tour and Birth Plan review. Our staff will be happy to discuss care options and answer any questions you may have.
How Do I Know if I'm in Labor?
Call the Hospital if you experience any of the following:
- Your water breaks with a gush, or sometimes even an on-going trickle of fluids. Do not wait until contractions start. Call the Birth Center (OB) and come in to the hospital.
- Regular contractions. With true labor, the time between contractions will gradually shorten and the intensity gradually increases. Typically, we recommend that the contractions be around 5 minutes apart for an hour before you come in.
- Bleeding that is bright red and more than a couple of tablespoons, is an indication for you to come to the hospital immediately. Even if it is not accompanied by any pain or discomfort.**“Bloody Show” or small amounts of bloody mucous (pink, brown, red or clear) is normal and may or may not accompany the start of labor. It is also common to see for up to 48 hours after a vaginal exam.
- Decrease in your baby’s activity.
- Any elevation of temperature above 100.4º F.
Over- the-Counter Medications
Here is a list of over-the-counter medications that are safe to take during pregnancy.
What should I bring to the hospital?
- Bathing/Shower supplies
- Clothes for going home
- Music of your choice
- Snacks for support person/you
- Comfortable clothing if you choose to wear your own
- Flip flop/ slippers (walking around)
- Entertainment (DVD in Postpartum rooms, games, etc.)
- Outfit for going home
- Pacifiers (if using)
- Blankets (receiving, etc.)
- Car seat (with no aftermarket products- snow suit, toys etc.)
Lactation Consultant (Breastfeeding)
We recognize the importance of the many decisions you will be making to help your infant be the healthiest they can be. All of our nurses are trained in lactation support and we strive to do our part in helping you meet your breastfeeding goals. Once you are home, we encourage you to attend Baby Talk, a weekly support group for new moms. Lactation questions are addressed there by our certified lactation consultant. Phone consultations and one-on-one appointments with the lactation consultant are also available as needed. Please call 507-646-1205 for an appointment. We are here for you!
Having a baby is an exciting time in your life. If this is your first baby or your fourth, you probably have lots of questions. We’re here to help. As experienced pediatricians and family medicine doctors, we can help you learn how to take care of your baby and answer your questions. We’ll follow you and your baby through these first few months of check-ups all the way to becoming an adult. We take pride in building a positive, supportive relationship with you and your child. We get to really know you and your child and take the time to listen and help.
After your baby is born one of our providers will see your child every day and talk to you about their care. We will also assist in finding a provider and a clinic in your area for your baby before you leave the hospital. Ask any of the Birth Center staff about our providers. Get detailed information on Pediatrics.
Staff at the Birth Center and throughout the Northfield Hospital are thoroughly trained to respect the confidentiality of all patients by not discussing medical and family issues with others. We ask that you also respect the privacy of other patients and their families by not discussing their medical care with us. Thank you.
Feel free to call us anytime at 507-646-1205 with questions or concerns. We look forward to caring for you and your new family.