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Birthing Services

Birthing Services

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  • Overview
  • Providers
  • Breastfeeding
  • Level 2 Special Care Nursery
  • Education
  • Waterbirth TubThe St. Francis Family Birth Place is home to experienced labor and delivery providers from both Allina Health and Park Nicollet. Resources from both leading health systems support safe, high-quality and compassionate care. We're located close to home in the suburbs, but we offer many of the services you'd expect at a hospital in the city, including a water birth suite, integrative therapies such as aromatherapy and massage, and access to a lactation consultant.

    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.

    At St. Francis, you can choose a Park Nicollet or Allina physician, or a certified nurse midwife, for your pregnancy care and delivery.

    To learn more about our care team, visit the Providers tab, or use these links to help your search:

    Contact Us

    You can call the Family Birth Place at 952.428.2062.


    We 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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  • The experienced providers at the St. Francis Family Birth Place respect your delivery choices and traditions, and take pride in helping you welcome your new baby according to your wishes.

    At St. Francis, our our expert physicians, nurses and certified nurse midwives have a low rate for unplanned cesarean sections, and are specifically trained and prepared to handle complications, should they arise. Nurses at the Family Birth Place receive special training to learn labor comfort and pain management techniques such as position changes, using laboring tools and breathing techniques.

    When delivering at the Family Birth Place, 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:

    In addition to our skilled labor and delivery providers, a neonatal nurse practitioner from Children's Minnesota is on the birthing floor 24/7 and can attend any birth with the skills to care for premature or critically-ill infants following birth. If needed, we have a level-2 special care nursery with expert nurses, as well as direct transfer to a higher-level neonatal intensive care unit at Children's Minnesota.

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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 first 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 two to three hours.

    Ask for lactation help as needed - our lactation educators are here to help you 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 helpful resources:

    Contact Us

    To learn more, or to schedule an outpatient appointment with a lactation consultant, call 952.428.2064.

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  • For advanced newborn care, St. Francis' Family Birth Place has a level-2 special care nursery where providers give around-the-clock care to sick and premature newborns, as well as babies who are at risk for infection. To ensure safety and help providers determine the best treatment for a baby in the special care nursery, vitals (heart rate, breathing, oxygen levels and blood pressure) are monitored 24/7.

    In addition to our skilled labor and delivery providers, a neonatal nurse practitioner from Children's Minnesota is in the Family Birth Place 24/7 and can attend any birth with the skills to care for premature or critically-ill infants following birth. Our level-2 special care nursery nurses have advanced training in the field of neonatology, and work closely with our neonatal nurse practitioners and physicians.

    If necessary, we can begin care in our level-2 special care nursery, and provide direct transfer to Children's Minnesota's neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

    We are proud of our commitment to keeping families together - while a baby is a patient at St. Francis' special care nursery, we will do everything possible to provide parents with a private room, linen and free meals.

    Contact Us

    For more information about our level-2 special care nursery, call 952.428.2062.

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  • Choose a link below to learn about the different stages of childbirth.

    Family Birth Place Tours

    Tours of the St. Francis Family Birth Place are coordinated through the Allina Health class registration site. Click here for more information and to schedule a tour.

    Please note, additional Family Birth Place tour dates may be available but not shown on the website. Please call Allina class registration at 1-866-904-9962 if you are interested in a different date.

    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.

    Contact Us

    Family Birth Place: 952.428.2062

    Breastfeeding Support Center outpatient services: 952.428.2064

    Physician and clinic information: 952.428.2000