Choosing a place to deliver your baby is no easy task.
To help make the decision easier, we’ve pulled together this list of five things you may not know about The Birthplace at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. You’ll find out about our amazing amenities, innovative techniques, and beautiful surroundings – all supported by one of the nation’s finest hospitals.
We put the patient and family at the center of everything we do at The Birthplace. Keeping a mother and her baby together after birth is a key part of our care philosophy.
In 2012, we became the second hospital in Minnesota to earn a national designation as a Baby-Friendly Hospital from Baby-Friendly USA. The Baby-Friendly designation, developed by the World Health Organization, recognizes hospitals that take a broad-based, consistent approach toward promoting breastfeeding. University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital was also the first hospital in Minnesota to achieve re-designation in 2017, which demonstrates our longstanding commitment to the Baby-Friendly approach.
Skin-to-skin contact has significant benefits for mother and baby alike. In The Birthplace, we promote and encourage skin-to-skin contact for our patients and newborns. We use kangaroo care to encourage contact between parents and our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) infants.
Moms diagnosed with an intra-amniotic infection during labor (also known as IAI, Triple I, or chorioamnionitis) and their newborns may face additional health concerns in the hours after birth. Often, hospitals will separate the mother and newborn to reduce infection risk. We take an innovative, family-centered approach when treating this condition. Our goal is to keep a mother and her baby together if possible while ensuring that the baby receives proper preventive care.
Renovated in 2015, The Birthplace is a beautiful and serene environment in which to welcome your family’s newest addition. During labor, you’ll enjoy amenities including labor slings, hydrotherapy tubs for labor, birthing balls, peanut balls, walking fetal monitors and aromatherapy—all designed to make the labor process the best it can be.
After labor, you’ll get to know your new little one in our gorgeous postpartum unit. Our spacious, beautiful postpartum rooms offer private bathrooms; a refrigerator and microwave; plenty of space for family; computer, TV, and Wi-Fi; customizable colored lighting; and beautiful seventh-floor views of downtown Minneapolis through our floor-to-ceiling windows. Comfortable waiting rooms provide a peaceful place for family and friends. We also offer a wudu room for members of the Somali culture.
Doulas are becoming a more popular choice for labor support, and with good reason. Doulas provide continual, one-to-one care to empower the mother during her labor. This includes emotional support and non-medical interventions, such as position changes. They are by a woman’s side throughout the process, helping her remain calm and positive—and supporting other family members as well.
The Birthplace is supported by a Somali Doula program and a University of Minnesota School of Nursing student doula program. Private doulas are also welcome on The Birthplace and we encourage mothers-to-be to make arrangements with a doula prior to birth. Collaboration with doulas in our community supports our mission to provide the best-possible support for the mothers under our care.
While the choice of pain relief during labor and delivery is up to the mom-to-be, it’s good to know that there are a wide range of pain relief options at The Birthplace to support the mother’s comfort. They include:
Women who deliver via C-section, also have access to a local anesthesia option called a TAP block. We use TAP blocks that place medication on either side of the mom’s abdomen to decrease incisional pain after delivery. This technique allows us to reduce reliance on opioid use to control pain. With a TAP block, a new mom can spend time bonding with her newborn without feeling drowsy and uncomfortable.
At The Birthplace, we know that moms-to-be want the best possible birth experience, even if they are delivering via Caesarean section. That’s why we offer family-centered C-sections that promote bonding throughout the procedure.
Some changes are subtle, but significant. For example, the sterile surgical drapes are clear, so that the mom can see the baby right after he or she is born. The umbilical cord is cut 30 to 60 seconds after delivery, as is common during a vaginal delivery, which has health benefits for the baby.
Other changes are larger. In a family-centered C-section, the surgical team does everything possible to keep mother and baby together after delivery. The baby can be placed on mom’s chest for skin-to-skin contact, and the baby stays in the operating room with mom while the newborn is receiving care. Some mothers even choose to begin breastfeeding in the operating room.
From the first labor pains to the first days with your new baby, The Birthplace is here to provide the mother-and-baby-focused care you deserve.