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About Us

About River Valley Birth Center

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Our mission is to provide the best service and care for you and your baby.

We provide midwifery care to women in South Central Minnesota. River Valley Birth Center is the only licensed birth center in Southern Minnesota and we pride ourselves on providing evidence-based care with a focus on individualized attention on the needs of each family. We love what we do and will work hard to bring you a positive and safe birth experience.

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– Midwifery model of care provided by Licensed Midwives

– 30-60 minute long prenatal visits

– Availability of labs and ultrasounds

– Support of natural childbirth, birth plans and doulas

– Waterbirth

– Birth in a home-like environment

– Early discharge to your own home for faster recovery.

– A home visit provided by our staff at 24-48 hours post birth.

– Referrals to additional providers such as pediatricians and lactation consultants

– 4-6 weeks of comprehensive postpartum care

Our History

2009 - Began Midwife Practice

Erika moved to St Peter and began a midwifery practice providing homebirth

2012 - Planning Stages

Along with the wonderful community of St. Peter, Erika and Joe Urban set out to open the only freestanding, licensed birth center in Southern Minnesota.

March 2014 - Remodel

Erika and Joe updated the birthing suites to suit the needs of the families birthing here, including adding large tubs and hot water on-demand.

May 2014 - Open for Business

We started providing prenatal care to our first patients in the birthing center.

July 2014 - First Babies

We welcomed our first baby into the birth center in July 2014, followed by our 2nd baby only 48 minutes later!

Services We Offer

PRENATAL VISITS

You will be seen by a midwife from our small team with little to no waiting for appointments.

GROUP PRENATAL CARE

Coming soon!

LABOR AND BIRTH

We will provide you with exceptional and individualized care for the best experience possible.

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POSTPARTUM CARE

Postpartum care for up to 6 weeks after the birth. Breastfeeding support available.

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NEWBORN CARE

Your baby gets care in the immediate postpartum time from a midwife.

WATER BIRTH

We have tubs to accommodate a waterbirth and to keep you comfortable during labor.

HOME BIRTH

Fully equipped to travel if you choose to deliver in your own home.

BIRTH CENTER

Home-like environment set up and ready for a comfortable, family-centered labor and birth.

Giving birth at the RVBC was absolutely the best decision our family made! Little Charlie was born in a room full of love and support. Erika is experienced, smart and informs her patients of the process. If I ever have more little guys I will definitely be giving birth at the RVBC!

Erika

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2016-07-29T21:16:29+00:00

Erika

Giving birth at the RVBC was absolutely the best decision our family made! Little Charlie was born in a room […]

The women at River Vally Birth Center do so much more than humbly serve women. They are therapist, counselors and healers. They are friends, deeps belly laughs and baskets full of Kleenex from wiping up tears. You form this amazing spiritual sisterhood that will continue long after your care at RVBC. They are nurturing guide, coach and when needed stern authority. RVBC midwives are caring, safe, skilled, trusting and believe in you. Believing that birth is not only sacred but life transforming. They saw me through my highest of highs and lowest of lows. I am honored that they were witnesses to the most special day of my life. For catching and placing the most beautiful gift I have and ever will receive on my chest. So it is with a grateful heart that I thank them. Today and everyday after. I proudly support and stand behind River Valley Birth Center.

Toni E.

5.0
2016-07-29T20:54:14+00:00

Toni E.

The women at River Vally Birth Center do so much more than humbly serve women. They are therapist, counselors and […]

After a terrible experience giving birth to my 1st child in a hospital, Erika did all of the pregnancy/birth/postpartum care with my 2nd & 3rd babies. Care was top notch, visits were tailored to me, and I felt comfortable, understood, and that she genuinely wanted the best experience & outcome for our family. We would recommend Erika and RVBC 100% to anyone interested in alternatives to hospital/clinic care.

Stephanie B.

2016-07-29T20:57:43+00:00

Stephanie B.

After a terrible experience giving birth to my 1st child in a hospital, Erika did all of the pregnancy/birth/postpartum care […]

I absolutely loved my experience at the River Valley Birth Center. We felt so well cared for by Erika and her team. The education and follow up she provided for us both pre and post birth was amazing. We were the first family to utilize the birth center and it was such an amazing experience. Erika is calm, experienced, and always kept me informed of the process. She cares for each of her clients and that shows in the work that she does!
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I absolutely loved my experience at the River Valley Birth Center. We felt so well cared for by Erika and […]

I loved the experience we had!
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I loved the experience we had!

I always felt listened to, understood, and cared about by Erika. I have a lot of trust and always felt confident in Erika's knowledge and experience. She is calm, positive and easy to feel comfortable with.
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I always felt listened to, understood, and cared about by Erika. I have a lot of trust and always felt […]

The RVBC team encouraged us and kept us calm throughout the whole process. With any questions we had or preferences for the birth, they were wonderful to work with and completely reasonable to deal with. I loved the down-to-earth honest care. Their support led us to an all natural birth as first time parents.

The Swansons of Mankato

2016-07-29T21:03:34+00:00

The Swansons of Mankato

The RVBC team encouraged us and kept us calm throughout the whole process. With any questions we had or preferences […]

Delivering my daughter at River Valley Birthing Center was one of the best decisions I could have ever made. Extremely happy that I heard about this place, it was an experience I will never forget. During my care at RVBC I was always confident that Erika and Sarah knew what they were doing and that they would help me get through it all. Successful Vbac! I would do it all over again!

Nora

5.0
2016-07-29T21:07:33+00:00

Nora

Delivering my daughter at River Valley Birthing Center was one of the best decisions I could have ever made. Extremely […]

As a Dad- my experience at the birth center was awesome- my wife was very well taken care of and I could tell she was much happier with experience here with our third child rather than being at the hospital with the first 2. I would suggest it for anyone who wants a comfortable natural birth experience!

Jeffrey B.

5.0
2016-07-29T21:08:47+00:00

Jeffrey B.

As a Dad- my experience at the birth center was awesome- my wife was very well taken care of and […]

River Valley Birth Center is such a gift to our family!! With all 3 of my babies, I've been so well cared for here. The prenatal appointments are personal, educational, and professional. I appreciate the quality conversations we've had with Erika during our appointments and her gracious, accommodating approach to care. I definitely found the skilled support I needed for birth here. We love River Valley Birth Center!

Summer H.

5.0
2016-07-29T21:09:55+00:00

Summer H.

River Valley Birth Center is such a gift to our family!! With all 3 of my babies, I’ve been so […]

We had a great experience here. Our labor and delivery was fantastic and Erika is a pro at what she does. If you are looking for a natural, relaxed, family-friendly birthing environment then this is the place for you.

Shawn A.

5.0
2016-07-29T21:11:19+00:00

Shawn A.

We had a great experience here. Our labor and delivery was fantastic and Erika is a pro at what she […]

I didn't deliver here due to precipitous labor and living over an hour and a half away but the prenatal care I received here was amazing. I loved how everything was about informed consent, making sure me and baby were comfortable and just learning to trust the process and that my body knew what it was doing. We are hoping any future pregnancies and labor go a little slower so we can have the joy of delivering at the birth center.

Tiffany T.

5.0
2016-07-29T21:13:54+00:00

Tiffany T.

I didn’t deliver here due to precipitous labor and living over an hour and a half away but the prenatal […]

Had my third baby boy just after Christmas 2015, and it was an amazing experience! The best care and attention from Erika and the other midwives practicing here!

Becca A.

5.0
2016-07-29T21:14:56+00:00

Becca A.

Had my third baby boy just after Christmas 2015, and it was an amazing experience! The best care and attention […]

Heather G.

"We had a wonderful birth experience! Erika is a very caring and patient person and a fabulous midwife! We had a very memorable homebirth with our son and are grateful to have had Erika assist in his birth. "
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2015-01-24T08:57:12+00:00
“We had a wonderful birth experience! Erika is a very caring and patient person and a fabulous midwife! We had […]
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The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.

-Mark Twain

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Erika Urban CPM, LM

Director and Midwife

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Rachel Knudson

Rachel Knudson, CPM

Staff Midwife

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Sarah Barbosa

Student Midwife

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Elizabeth Heaps

Student Midwife
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Joseph Urban

Property Manager and Co-Owner

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If you have any questions or would like to know more about the River Valley Birth Center email us at midwives@rivervalleybirthcenter.com or give us a call!

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