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Why families choose the Birth Center at United Hospital
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Taking a few minutes to preregister for your upcoming stay at the Birth Center will help decrease the stress of rushing into the hospital while in labor.
You have lots of choices to make when you're expecting a baby. One of them is your hospital. Every year, thousands of families choose United for birth. Families trust the Birth Center's care:
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Studies have shown that breastfeeding has many benefits for both infants and their mothers and is a healthier choice than formula feeding.
When you are in labor, we ask that you call the Birth Center at 651-241-6202, so we can prepare for your arrival. If you think you are in labor but are not sure, call your doctor or nurse midwife. You may be asked to come to the hospital for observation and evaluation. When you arrive at the hospital, you should use the Garden View entrance at 347 Smith Ave. Parking is available in the Red Ramp on Grand Avenue, adjacent to the building.
Newborns rooming-in with their mothers is encouraged and shown to be the best way for mothers to learn their newborn's feeding cues. A nursery is also available for newborns as needed.
Babies who are premature or who need highly specialized treatment from expert pediatricians will go to Children's Hospital & Clinics – St. Paul Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Children's NICU is across the hallway from the Labor and Delivery.
The Allina Health Home Health - Mother & Newborn offers a number of services in the patients' home, like monitoring diabetes or preterm labor during pregnancy.
Nurses also will visit new parents and newborns following delivery, giving them a chance to ask questions, ensure proper healing and that the baby is gaining weight. Many services are covered by insurance, so patients are encouraged to check with their insurance plan.
The Birth Center offers both pharmacological and non pharmacological pain management during your labor.
The following non pharmacological pain management treatments are available:
Mothers can access post-natal body therapy (in hospital wellness treatments) at the Birth Center. Ask your nurse or another care team member if you are interested in post-natal body therapy.
This free and ongoing group offers education and support for women who are experiencing or are at risk for postpartum depression. Mothers are invited to bring their babies to meetings.
The Pregnancy and Diabetes Clinic provides treatment and evaluation for women who have diabetes during their pregnancy. In one convenient location, patients have immediate access to obstetric registered nurses, registered dietitians, certified diabetes educators and endocrinologists.
Learn more about the Pregnancy and Diabetes Clinic.
Birth Center care team
At the Birth Center at United Hospital, mothers and babies have immediate access to highly trained experts and the latest in technology. No matter what happens, you and your baby are in good hands.
We are honored to join each woman on her personal journey of pregnancy, birth and parenting. For more information, please call
Exercise tips to bounce back after pregnancy
It’s important to exercise moderately during pregnancy and also to resume an exercise routine after the baby is born.
The Birth Center offers a variety of programs and classes to ensure that your pregnancy is as healthy as possible. We also have services that can help you and your family prepare for the birth of your baby.
All About Babies is for anyone interested in how to care for an infant. Topics include early childhood illnesses, bathing, diapering, holding, calming an infant, how to take a baby's temperature, safety concerns and much more.
Breastfeeding Preparation focuses on the benefits of breastfeeding, care of breast, positioning, "latching on," frequency, length of feedings, pumping, storing milk, returning home from the hospital and weaning. It is encouraged that your labor companion attends with you.
Childbirth and Parenting Prep is for first-time parents. The weekend express class and the week night express series include details on labor, birth, comfort measures, medical procedures, cesarean birth, role of labor companion, adjustment to parenting, newborn characteristics, medications and a tour of the Birth Center. It is recommended you complete your class no later than one month prior to your due date.
Coping with labor is designed to help you become an active participant in your own labor. It includes topics of relaxation and breathing, tools to help you cope with labor and labor support. If you are going to take any of these classes: Childbirth Preparation - Weekend Express; Refresher Birth & Parenting Preparation; or Childbirth Preparation: Twins, Triplets or More, or Childbirth Preparation: Week Night Express, it is recommended you finish that class before taking Coping with Labor.
Expectant Fathers is designed only for fathers-to-be to attend. It includes topics of concern to new fathers such as fears about labor and birth, bonding with your newborn, common joys and problems during the transition to parenthood.
Expectant Grandparents updates grandparents on changes in maternity care, labor and birth options, and new trends in infant care. The class discusses the important role of grandparents. Expectant parents are invited to attend. Please register for each couple who will be attending the class. For example, two sets of grandparents and the expecting parents would result in three registrations.
Expecting Multiples is for parents expecting multiple births. The class covers prenatal care, emotional and physical aspects of a multiple pregnancy, coping skills, relaxation and adjustment tips, pre-term labor, labor, delivery and tour of the Birth Center. It is recommended you complete your class no later than one month prior to your due date.
Infant CPR is for expectant or new parents and/or caregivers of infants. A certified cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) instructor demonstrates methods such as clearing an airway and how to help a choking child. Instruction covers newborn to children eight years of age. The class does not qualify participants for certification. Adults only - please leave the kids at home.
Infant Massage Express is for parents and for children from three weeks to four months old. Massage can help relax and soothe both you and your infant and/or child, deepen bonding and strengthen communication.
New Brother New Sister is for children ages two to ten whose parents are expecting a new baby. It includes play activities, an age appropriate birth video and discussion time. Bring a doll or stuffed animal to practice holding and diapering. You may wish to bring a camera. Parents must attend.
Refresher Childbirth and Parenting is for parents who have previously attended a childbirth class. It includes information on labor and birth, breathing and relaxation techniques, the role of the labor companion, medications and sibling relationships. It is recommended you complete your class no later then one month prior to your due date.
The Baby Café of United Hospital is place for pregnant and breastfeeding moms to stop by and gain support from a certified lactation consultant.
Pregnancy After a Loss Support is for pregnant women and their families who have previously experienced a pregnancy loss. Please call Annette Klein, 651-241-6206, before attending first meeting.
Pregnancy and Infant Loss supports parents who experienced ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, stillbirth or newborn death.
Postpartum Depression Support Group is for women who have experienced or are at risk for postpartum depression.
Birth Center video tour
To schedule a tour,
Please call 1-866-904-9962 to schedule a Birth Center tour. Please note: The Specialty Store is closed.