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Preparing for your delivery

  • Months of excitement and preparation have passed and now it's time to welcome your little one. To help prepare you for your delivery, here's a little more about what you can expect while in our care. For questions specific to where you will deliver, please directly contact that location.

    View our delivery locations.

    We partner with you on your birth plan

    A birth plan is a statement of your birthing preferences and may include preferred pushing techniques and pain management options. Download our birth plan worksheet.

    How long will your stay be

    Most families are ready to go home 36 hours after their baby's birth (or close to 72 hours after a cesarean birth.)

    After your delivery your provider and your nurse will discuss the date and time you can expect to go home. Together, you and your healthcare provider, along with your baby's doctor will make a final decision about your going home day.

    Allina Health offers additional nursing support after your hospital stay in your home.

    Rooming-in with your baby

    While you are with us, we encourage you to "room-in" with your baby. Rooming-in keeps your baby where he or she feels comfortable, which is with you.

    Research supports that when babies room-in, they feed better, cry less and lose less weight. Parents go home with more confidence in their ability to care for their baby and report more positive feelings toward their baby. Mothers who keep their babies with them at night actually have better-quality sleep than those whose babies are in the nursery between feedings.

    First hour of care for your baby

    The first minutes and hour after your baby's birth are a very special time for you and your baby. It is a time for you to get to know each other and spend private time together as a new family.

    Immediately after your baby is born, if neither mom or baby require any special care, we will give you an opportunity to have uninterrupted quiet time with your baby while we gather important vital signs and refresh your room. We will help you cuddle with your baby by placing him or her skin-to-skin with you.

    During the first hour, your baby will have his or her first feeding. Whether you choose to breastfeed or feed your baby infant formula, nurses will provide you with education and expert support to get off to a good start.

    Choosing a pediatrician

    Choosing your baby's health care provider is an important decision. Your choice can include a family medicine doctor or a pediatrician.

    If you already see a family medicine doctor, you can ask him or her to care for your baby, as well.

    If you are cared for by an obstetrician or midwife, you will need to choose a different health care provider for your baby.

    On behalf of your baby, it will be our pleasure to notify your baby's health care provider once your baby has arrived.

    Allina Health clinics are located in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area, greater Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

    Our specialists in pediatrics and family medicine believe that a long-lasting relationship with your health care provider results in better care. We want to make your care more personal and more comfortable, every step of the way.

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    Billing/insurance coverage

    It is hard to estimate the costs associated with delivering a baby since every women's experience is unique. Even when it is a "normal" delivery, the associated costs can vary widely from person to person. In addition, independent physicians and other specialty providers—like anesthesiologists—bill separately for their services.

    We encourage you to contact Allina Health's Cost Estimate Line at 612-262-4930. They will provide a good faith estimate of the costs involved.

    The amount you would pay for a normal delivery also depends on whether you have health insurance, and who your insurance carrier is.

    Typically, it takes five to seven business days after discharge for you to receive an itemized bill.

    We recommend that you call your insurance carrier regarding your maternity benefits. In particular, ask about coverage for breast pumps, circumcisions and when you need to notify them of your baby's birth.

    Typically, you are required to contact insurance providers within a certain timeframe after your baby's birth.

    • Breast pump coverage: Ask if it is covered routinely or if there needs to be a medical indication for the pump to be covered.
      If there is coverage for a breast pump, ask if the coverage applies for a rented pump or a purchased pump.
    • Circumcision: If you expect a boy and choose to have him circumcised, ask your insurance carrier if the procedure is covered.
      Also, ask if there is a difference in coverage if the procedure is done during the hospital stay or in a doctor's office after discharge.

    Other frequently asked about topics

    Birth certificates/Social Security cards

    Before you leave the hospital, you will fill out the paperwork to get a birth certificate. It is not optional to file a birth certificate with the county. When you fill out the information for a birth certificate for your child, you can select to have the baby's Social Security card sent to your home.

    Car seats

    State law requires that children ride in a car seat. It is a good idea to set up your car seat before coming to the hospital. In most communities local agencies such as the fire department offer assistance installing car seats.