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Our Philosophy

Mayo Clinic Family Birth Center is dedicated to serving families through excellence in individualized care. We believe the birth of your baby is one of the most important events in your lifetime. As each individual is unique, so is each pregnancy and birthing experience.

Expertise and services

Mayo Clinic Family Birth Center provides family-centered health care to pregnant women and their infants for both normal and high-risk pregnancies and births. Located in Rochester, Minnesota, the Family Birth Center brings together the health care expertise of Mayo Clinic, Methodist Hospital, and Mayo Clinic Children's Center (in Saint Marys Hospital). The Center serves people from the Upper Midwest and complex-needs patients from much greater distances. Mayo Clinic Family Birth Center combines the resources of obstetrics, family medicine, nurse midwifery, maternal-fetal medicine, pediatrics, neonatology, pediatric surgery, and nursing services. Together we can provide the best care for you and your baby before, during and after your childbirth experience.

Our comprehensive perinatal services include:

  • Prenatal care
  • Education programs
  • Labor and delivery
  • High-risk prenatal care
  • Newborn nurseries
  • Intermediate special care nursery (ISCN)
  • Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)
  • Pediatrics
  • Lactation consulting
  • Social work
  • Dietetics
  • Diabetic Nurse Educators

Birthing experience options

Mayo Clinic Family Birth Center offers a number of options for your babies birth. Prenatal care is provided at both the Division of Obstetrics through Team Care and Resident Care and the Department of Family Medicine by the physician of your choice. Certified Nurse Midwives in the Division of Obstetrics also provide prenatal care. A neonatologist, pediatrician and neonatal nurse practictioners are available to attend the birth.

Your health care provider will work with you to plan your birthing experience and to provide the best possible care. Because each family is unique, we will individualize your care as much as possible to accommodate your needs and requests. You may want to discuss some of the following options:

Birthing suites
Birthing suites provide a comfortable setting for labor, birth and initial recovery. You are encouraged to bring support persons with you. You may also bring your favorite music, “focal points,” and cameras to film portions of your birth, if you desire. Many of our suites have a deep bathtub for use during labor. Special arrangements may be made for your children to attend the birth.

Delivery rooms
Traditional delivery rooms are used for difficult or high-risk births, as well as multiple or cesarean births.

Rooming in
You and your family are encouraged to keep your baby with you in your postpartum room as much as you wish.

CenteringPregnancy® at Mayo

Imagine a new kind of prenatal appointment.

Two hours of time dedicated to your pregnancy and babys development. An instant support network of women at the same stage of pregnancy as you. All of your appointments scheduled at the beginning of pregnancy. Confidence-building education on caring for yourself and your baby.

Imagine CenteringPregnancy® — prenatal care in groups.

Benefits of CenteringPregnancy®

Support network. 8-12 different women with similar due dates meet throughout their pregnancies. You will receive reassurance and validation that your experience is shared by other women, and that what you're experiencing is normal.

Extended provider contact. You'll still have one-on-one time with and to hear your baby's heartbeat in a semi-private setting. CenteringPregnancy® sessions give you 2 hours of combined private and group time with your provider — time to ask questions, learn about your baby's development and practice self-care skills.

Scheduling simplified. With CenteringPregnancy®, all of your appointments are scheduled at the beginning of your pregnancy. Sessions will always start and end on time with no waiting. You can plan other activities and coordinate child care knowing your schedule, and you won’t have to worry about setting up an appointment each month.

Knowledge amplified. In CenteringPregnancy® groups, you'll learn how to weigh yourself and take your own blood pressure. Being active in your own care empowers you to make healthy choices for you and your baby.

For more information or to sign up for CenteringPregnancy® call (507) 266-2016 or (507) 284-5135. For more information email