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Our nine Birthplaces are located throughout Minnesota, in communities from Burnsville to Hibbing.

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Five things to know about M Health Fairview Birthplaces

With locations all across Minnesota, our Birthplaces offer family-centered care close to home and easy access to nationally recognized experts. We’re bringing families peace of mind at every step of pregnancy and childbirth.

  • September 24, 2021
  • By Staff Writer

Our community Birthplaces are here to support you through every step of pregnancy and childbirth.

With nine locations across the state, they provide family-centered, leading-edge care close to home. And if complications arise, patients have access to complex birth specialists – both on-site and through 24/7 phone and virtual access to The Birthplace at M Health Fairview Masonic Children’s Hospital, one of the nation’s leading birth centers.

Learn more about how our innovative approach and amenities can support your unique pregnancy journey.

Our Birthplaces are located across Minnesota for easy access to the care your family needs.

Our health system has nine Birthplaces across Minnesota, ranging from Hibbing to Burnsville. Each is staffed by a range of experts, including OB/GYNs, family medicine physicians, certified nurse midwives and – in some locations – volunteer doulas so that you get the right combination of care.

Our Birthplaces are located at:

Three of our Birthplaces offer a Level III NICU on-site. Located at Ridges, Southdale, and St. John’s Hospitals, these NICUs can provide continuous life support, critical medical care, and surgical care. Woodwinds Hospital has a Level II Special Care Nursery, which can provide extra support to newborns before they are moved to a NICU, when they are on their way home from a NICU, or if they are born after 32 weeks but in stable condition.

If you need the highest level of support, we also have a Level IV NICU available at M Health Fairview Masonic Children’s Hospital – but more on that later.

Even if a Birthplace doesn’t have a NICU onsite, expert help is always close at hand. All our Birthplaces have 24/7 in-person or virtual access to on-call specialists.

We have a wide range of services and amenities to meet your needs from conception to delivery. 

Choosing how and where to deliver a baby can be a difficult decision. Our Birthplaces provide a variety of supports to ensure you have the safest and most comfortable birth experience possible. We know that outstanding medical care is only one part of the puzzle. We offer a variety of other resources for families to utilize during pregnancy and birth.

Private doulas are welcome at all Birthplace locations. Doulas are trained professionals who provide emotional and physical support through pregnancy and birth. The Birthplace at M Health Fairview Woodwinds Hospital also offers a doula program, providing in-house access to doulas.

During labor, we also offer a variety of pain relief options for patients to choose from. These include:

  • Labor support
  • Clinical aromatherapy
  • Hydrotherapy—laboring in water for pain relief
  • Birthing balls, peanut balls, and slings to assist labor
  • Nitrous oxide
  • Epidural blocks
  • IV pain medication
Finally, our Birthplaces provide culturally sensitive care options. For example, nutrition staff at M Health Fairview St. John’s Hospital provide a chicken and rice soup to Hmong patients after birth, in observance of a tradition in Hmong culture to eat only this soup for 30 days after giving birth. 

Our family centered care helps parents and children bond.

Our Birthplaces use evidence-based care to improve the health of both parent and child, while safely encouraging early bonding.

  • Kangaroo care is standard across all our Birthplaces. During kangaroo care, family members hold the baby against their chest for up to a few hours of skin-to-skin contact. This has been shown to improve bonding, stabilize a baby’s heart rate, and promote healthy sleep and weight gain in newborns. Birthplace providers encourage and facilitate this care, especially between family and infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
  • Delayed umbilical cord clamping is also standard across our Birthplaces. Doctors and midwives use this innovative approach to allow additional time for cord blood from the placenta to transfer to the baby. Like kangaroo care, this is shown to have significant health benefits for newborns.

We offer a range of breastfeeding resources to support families after birth.

Our certified lactation consultants work together with postpartum nurses specially trained in breastfeeding to support new parents. All postpartum nurses across our community Birthplaces have completed at least eight hours of specialized training in breastfeeding support.

Certified lactation consultants can help families with a variety of unique situations – both during their hospital stay and on an ongoing basis at several of our clinic locations. Different supports include:

  • Breastfeeding after a breast surgery
  • Breastfeeding an adopted baby
  • Breastfeeding at work or school
  • Problems with the breast or nipple
  • Pumping and storing breast milk
  • Taking medicines while breastfeeding
  • What to do when the baby doesn’t want to nurse
  • What to do when the baby is slow to gain weight

Our community Birthplaces are consistently ranked above average in the Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care Survey – published annually by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

M Health Fairview also partners with the nonprofit Minnesota Milk Bank to collect breastmilk donations. Human milk is the best source of nutrition for newborns. It helps protect against infections and chronic conditions like asthma and type 1 diabetes. However, many new parents may be unable to supply their own milk. We provide donated milk throughout our system to infants in the NICU or new parents who are unable to breastfeed. All our community Birthplaces also provide formula.

We have 24/7 access to specialists at one of the nation’s leading children’s hospitals.

Our mission is to bring the best pregnancy and childbirth care possible to patients – no matter where they live. If your family experiences complications, our community Birthplaces can collaborate with maternal-fetal medicine physicians and neonatologists at M Health Fairview Masonic Children’s Hospital, one of the nation’s leading children’s hospitals.

Masonic Children’s Hospital is equipped with a Level IV NICU – the highest level of support available. Using new Tele-NICU virtual technology, our neonatology experts are instantly available 24/7, ready to provide specialized on-demand support at any location if a family unexpectedly needs advanced care.

Maternal-fetal medicine physicians are also available in-person at M Health Fairview Ridges Hospital, Southdale Hospital, and St. John’s Hospital for convenient care.

At our Birthplaces, you can have peace of mind knowing your family can get advanced care if needed.