As the only licensed birth center in southern Minnesota, the care provided by River Valley Birth Center is unique. We are a freestanding birth center that is fully accredited through the Commission for the Accreditation for Birth Centers and licensed by the Minnesota Dept of Health as a birth center. We understand that many hospital facilities are choosing to use the term “birth center” to label their birthing area which can be confusing for the consumer, but Minnesota statute 144.615 defines “birth center” as: “a facility licensed for the primary purpose of performing low-risk deliveries that is not a hospital or licensed as part of a hospital and where births are planned to occur away from the mother’s usual residence following a low-risk pregnancy.”
River Valley Birth Center opened in 2014 and was the first birth center in southern Minnesota and continues to be the only birth center in southern Minnesota. We serve clients from across the southern portion of the state as well as families from South Dakota and Iowa. It is common for families to choose to drive quite a distance to access our care! We are serving far more than just St Peter. As of October 2019, we have served families from 107 different communities. Even more exciting to us is that 104 of those communities are considered “rural” communities when looking at healthcare. Often rural families and communities feel overlooked when it comes to options and choices and one of the primary reasons we opened was to provide families living in rural areas with an additional choice when it comes to birth, so it is extremely satisfying to see that goal being met.
As an accredited and licensed birth center, River Valley Birth Center maintains a great level of accountability to each organization we work with and are credentialed through, as well as to the families we serve. This allows for families to feel comfortable moving through their pregnancy journey while knowing that we are held to the highest possible standards when it comes to providing out-of-hospital birth. Our care focuses on informed consent and shared decision making, which best occurs when a person feels safe and cared for.