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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

2011 - Planning Stage

Erika had been providing midwifery care in the area since 2009, after moving from Wisconsin to St Peter. In 2011 she went to a conference on how to start a birth center and began to work towards opening a freestanding birth center.

February 2014- Building Purchased

Erika and Joe Urban closed on a beautiful Victorian home after the city approved the zoning and use. They set about some important renovations to make it work as a birth center.

July 2014 - First Babies

The licensing for the birth center went through in June 2014 and our first babies were born in July 2014…. two of them within an hour!

2015 - Essential Community Provider

In 2015 we were designated as Essential Community Providers by the state of Minnesota for our work with underserved and rural families. We will not discriminate due to ability to pay for care or based on insurance. You will not be turned away for having a lower paying insurance plan such as a medical assistance plan.

June 2017 - 100 babies!

In June of 2017 we celebrated a new milestone, we reached 100 babies who were born inside the walls of this birth center since we opened.

From opening day until June of 2017 we also had an additional 52 babies who were born either at home or in the hospital after transfer of care!

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!
2016-07-29T21:00:02+00:00
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 […]

Night and day from our first birth experience. We felt so supported and not under doctor deadlines. I would recommend this place as the first for pregnancy and birth in southern MN.

Ian K.

5.0
2017-10-01T22:54:39+00:00

Ian K.

Night and day from our first birth experience. We felt so supported and not under doctor deadlines. I would recommend […]

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 […]

Just the best, the best care, the best attention to mom, baby, and dad, just the best. I really don't have the words for how amazing river valley birth center is.

Allen J.

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2017-10-01T22:53:31+00:00

Allen J.

Just the best, the best care, the best attention to mom, baby, and dad, just the best. I really don’t […]

I couldn't have imagined a more comfortable or friendly atmosphere to give birth in. The ladies are all so sweet, and I never doubted that I was in good hands. As a first-time mom, I originally started prenatal care with our local hospital, and half way through the pregnancy my husband and I began looking elsewhere for care after my doctor told us that I would most likely need a c-section because I have a hard time relaxing(!?) I could not be more happy that we ended up switching to RVBC. They gave us helpful and unbiased information right from the start, and they encouraged us to seek out questions and answers. Everything from prenatal checkups to the birth and postpartum care has been a wonderful experience, and we now have a sweet, healthy baby girl. I'd do it all over again in a heartbeat. These ladies really love their job, and it shows beautifully!

Elisa J.

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2017-10-01T22:38:25+00:00

Elisa J.

I couldn’t have imagined a more comfortable or friendly atmosphere to give birth in. The ladies are all so sweet, and […]

Nearly three years ago I first called the birth center with a few questions my wife and I had about the process of birthing our first child. Two children children later we will be moving away from the area and the number one thing we will miss most is the River Valley Birth Center. Literally when we decided to move, our first thought was how we won't be close enough to the birth center as our family continues to grow. From that first phone call when Erika patiently answered every question to our final postpartum appointment after our second child next week, our experience with the entire team has truly been exceptional. The incredible level of bedside manner, patience and genuine care provided such a wonderfully comfortable experience for us anxious new parents. When baby number 2 was on the way we knew exactly who we wanted to call! New color on the building, additional friendly staff, same fantastic experience all the way through. Our family went from two to four with River Valley Birth Center and our solitary regret is our fifth addition will happen with anyone else. Genuine and heartfelt gratitude to Erika, Sarah and Rachel! Keep up the fantastic work and know how much we appreciate you guiding us through the births of our children. Unforgettable.

Darren B.

5.0
2017-10-01T22:36:53+00:00

Darren B.

Nearly three years ago I first called the birth center with a few questions my wife and I had about […]

From prenatal care to birthing and beyond, I am so thankful for the River Valley Birth Center. If I could give them a hundred gold stars, I would in a second. If you're contemplating out-of-hospital birth, take a tour and meet their team. You'll feel right at home in the purple house.

Brittany R.

5.0
2017-10-01T22:52:48+00:00

Brittany R.

From prenatal care to birthing and beyond, I am so thankful for the River Valley Birth Center. If I could […]
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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, LM

Staff Midwife

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Sarah Barbosa, CPM, LM

Staff Midwife

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Anne Gerber, APRN, CNM

Staff Midwife

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Emily Davis, RN

Student Midwife
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Jenny Gerfen

Student Midwife

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Joseph Urban

Property Manager and Co-Owner

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Contact Us

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!

507-934-1565

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