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Birthing Services

Birthing Services

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  • Overview
  • Amenities
  • Care Team
  • Breastfeeding
  • Waterbirth TubThe Family Birth Place at St. Francis serves patients from Park Nicollet and Allina Health OB/GYN physicians and midwives. Resources from both leading health systems support safe, high-quality and compassionate care. We're located close to home in a suburban location, but we offer many of the services you'd expect at a larger hospital including a water birth suite, integrative therapies such as aromatherapy and massage, and access to a lactation consultant.

    We respect your choices and traditions and we want to help you welcome your baby according to your wishes. Our nurses receive special training to learn labor comfort and pain management techniques such as position changes, using laboring tools and breathing techniques. St. Francis Family Birth Place also has a low rate for unplanned cesarean sections. Our patients tell us that we go above and beyond expectations and that they would recommend us. In fact, St. Francis' Family Birth Place patients consistently rate their experience higher than patients at other Twin Cities metro area birth centers.

    You can take comfort in knowing our expert team of physicians, nurses and certified nurse midwives are prepared to handle complications should they arise. A neonatal nurse practitioner from Children's Minnesota is on the birthing floor 24/7 and available to attend any birth with the knowledge and skills to resuscitate and stabilize infants who are premature or who become critically ill following birth. For newborns who need extra care, we have a level-2 special care nursery with expert nurses, as well as direct transfer to the higher-level neonatal intensive care unit at Children's Minnesota, if needed.

    Contact Us

    You can call the Family Birth Place at 952.428.2062.

    To review a list of physicians who deliver at St. Francis Family Birth Place and schedule an appointment, take a look at the OB/GYN page on our physician finder tool. For midwives, review our midwives page.

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  • Peanut birth ballWe are happy to provide a variety of amenities to help you and your family enjoy your stay:

    • Free parking and Wi-Fi

    • Private, spacious suites that are comfortable and up-to-date

    • Integrative therapies: therapeutic massage, acupuncture, guided imagery and aromatherapy

    • Immediate skin-to-skin bonding with your baby after a C-section or vaginal birth, medically permitting

    • Birth aids such as labor balls, peanut balls and rebozos

    • 24/7 availability of epidurals

    • Large private suites with pull-out beds for partners

    • Dimming lights, electric candles and CD players

    • Accommodation to those wanting vaginal birth after previously having a C-section

    • Award-winning lactation consultants

    • Large flat-screen TVs in every room

    • Extra outlets for cellphones and other devices

    • Doula-friendly facilities

    • Low rate for unplanned C-sections

    • Little Saints newborn photography

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  • Birthing NursesThere are a variety of caring and qualified caregivers to choose from. You can choose which Park Nicollet or Allina physician or certified nurse midwife you would like to partner with for your pregnancy care and delivery. Use these links to help your search:

    Prenatal, Birth and Parenting Education

    Allina Health, Park Nicollet and St. Francis Regional Medical Center partner with Amma Parenting Center to offer pregnancy, parenting and newborn care classes to help you prepare for childbirth and healthy child development.

    Visit Amma Parenting Center's website for classes, descriptions, dates/times, locations, fees and registration. Allina Health and Park Nicollet patients can take a class at any Amma location.

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  • Breastfeeding consultationWe promote breastfeeding as the optimal method for feeding infants, but we honor the mother's choice.

    Your nurse will help you breastfeed as soon as possible after delivery. The 1st hour after delivery belongs to you and your baby. Take this opportunity to learn your baby's early feeding cues and breastfeed on demand or attempt to breastfeed every 2 to 3 hours.

    Ask for lactation help as needed. St. Francis has a team of lactation educators to help new moms have the best experience possible breastfeeding. We have received the International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) Award for excellence in lactation care and promoting and supporting breastfeeding.

    Below are a number of resources to help you. You can:

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