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  • Overview
  • Providers
  • Breastfeeding
  • Level 2 Special Care Nursery
  • Education
  • Waterbirth Tub

    COVID-19: Family Birth Place Visitor Restrictions

    At the Family Birth Place, no mother will labor alone. Visitor restrictions change throughout the hospital, but for our labor and delivery patients, we will continue to allow a healthy support person. Visitor guidelines will be updated as needed to help keep patients, staff, you and your family safe.

    Review the most current visitor status information here.

    Please note: St. Francis does not routinely separate families from their newborns due to positive or pending COVID-19 test results. While you are with us at the St. Francis Family Birth Place, we continue to encourage you to “room-in” with your baby. Rooming-in keeps your baby where he or she feels safest, which is with you. When babies room-in, benefits include better feeding, less crying and less weight loss.

    About the St. Francis Family Birth Place

    The 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 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.

    In labor?

    If you think you may be in labor, please call you provider's triage nurse line. They will instruct you on your next steps. Click here for more information.


    We are happy to provide a variety of amenities to help you and your family enjoy your experience:

    • Free parking and Wi-Fi

    • Private suites with separate rooms for labor/delivery and postpartum

    • Advanced technologies for fetal monitoring and infant security

    • Nitrous for pain management

    • 24/7 onsite OB provider

    • Donor breast milk for inpatient use, and award-winning lactation consultant, if needed

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

    • Birth aids such as birthing bars, labor balls and peanut balls

    • 24/7 availability for epidurals

    • Spacious waterbirth suite

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

    • Trained Doula-friendly facility

    • Low rate for unplanned C-sections

    • Little Saints newborn photography

    Breast milk donation drop-off site

    St. Francis is now a drop-off site for the Minnesota Milk Bank for Babies. Donor milk is often used as a bridge to help nourish premature babies until a birth mother’s milk comes in. Locally-donated breast milk is safely processed, screened and pasteurized for premature or sick infants. Learn more about donating breast milk at St. Francis' Milk Depot.

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

    At our Family Birth Place, you can feel comfortable knowing an OB provider is onsite to care for you 24/7 during your labor, delivery and postpartum experience.

    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. Our labor and delivery 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. St. Francis also features staff trained to help achieve optimal fetal positioning for labor and delivery.

    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.

    If you need help or have questions about breastfeeding while receiving care at St. Francis, our award-winning lactation consultant is available Monday through Friday from 9 am to 1 pm to assist. Ask for lactation help as needed - our lactation educator is 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.

    Outpatient lactation appointments

    St. Francis' lactation consultant also reserves time for outpatient lactation appointments (Monday through Friday, 9 am to 1 pm), and can help new mothers obtain a physician's order for outpatient lactation appointments, orders for medical grade breast pumps.

    To schedule an outpatient appointment or learn more about how to obtain a medical grade breast pump or a physician's order for lactation care, call 952.428.2064.

    Below are a number of helpful resources:

    Looking to donate breast milk?

    St. Francis is now a drop-off site for the Minnesota Milk Bank for Babies. Donor milk is often used as a bridge to help nourish premature babies until a birth mother’s milk comes in. Locally-donated milk is safely processed, screened and pasteurized for premature or sick infants. Learn more about donating breast milk at St. Francis' Milk Depot.

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  • For infants who require an increased level of care, the St. Francis Family Birth Place offers a Level 2 Special Care Nursery.

    Infants who arrive prematurely (32+ weeks gestation), babies who need treatment for infections, or require extra care and monitoring as they adjust to life outside their mother’s womb may be admitted to the Special Care Nursery.

    Babies in our Special Care Nursery are cared for by a team of providers that includes a neonatal nurse practitioner (NNP), pediatrician or neonatologist, and nurses with specialized training in caring for ill or premature infants. Our NNPs are onsite 24-hours a day. These advanced practitioners are affiliated with Children's Minnesota and work in tandem with the Children’s Neonatology group.

    For babies who need the highest level of care, our staff will help stabilize and will arrange a direct transfer to Children's Minnesota's neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

    St. Francis Family Birth Place is committed to keeping parents near their infants when possible. We may be able to provide a private boarding room in the hospital so parents can be near their infant to bond, feed and help with care until the baby is ready to go home.

    Learn more about nursery levels here.

    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:

    St. Francis Family Birth Place Tours

    PLEASE NOTE: To minimize the possible risk due to COVID-19, Family Birth Place tours are suspended until further notice. Please utilize our online Family Birth Place tour here. We apologize for any inconvenience.

    Prenatal, Birth and Parenting Education

    For pregnancy, parenting and newborn care classes to help you prepare for childbirth and healthy child development, visit:

    In addition, Allina Health offers a library of educational videos for before and after the birth of your baby, available here.

    Prenatal Mobile Apps

    Click here to learn about Allina Health's free mobile app, Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond.

    Click here to learn about Park Nicollet's free mobile app, Caring for Mom & Baby.

    Contact Us

    Family Birth Place: 952.428.2062

    Breastfeeding Support Center outpatient services: 952.428.2064

    Physician and clinic information: 952.428.2000