Tour and Orientation
The first step to begin care at River Valley Birth Center is to complete an orientation session. During this virtual orientation session, you will learn about the care provided by River Valley Birth Center so you can see if it is the right fit for you! You will also be provided with registration documents, video tour, and a video explaining insurance coverage in detail. Register by calling our front desk: 507-934-1565.
River Valley Birth Center is offering a hybrid model of care for prenatal visits and postpartum visits consisting of a blend of virtual and in-office visits. This model is high-flex, allowing for us to provide both routine informed consent discussions and education on a consistent schedule using a convenient virtual format, while allowing for maximum flexibility for providing in-office examinations and procedures when they are actually needed by an individual. Individualized care that is low in unnecessary interventions is what the midwifery model of care is all about!
Labs and Ultrasounds
At River Valley Birth Center, we recognize the value of routine lab work and prenatal ultrasounds and want to be sure that you have all these things offered to you and accessible. We can make arrangements for you to receive these services as part of your routine care. In our practice informed consent is very important so we set aside time during visits to discuss tests and answer your questions about them. If you are transferring into our practice and have already had labs and/or ultrasounds, you can have all labs and ultrasounds sent into us so that you don’t need to have them done again. Lab work and ultrasounds are billed to you/your insurance directly from the provider of the services.
Birthing at the Birth Center
We want people to see our birth center as their home away from home when they are in labor! When you are admitted to River Valley Birth Center in labor, you will be given a private room with your own bathroom. You will also have access to a full kitchen and you may walk around the facility as much as you wish. We encourage women to eat and drink in labor, so bring your favorite foods (although we stock a few snacks for those who forget or leave home in a hurry)! Each room has a radio and we also have bluetooth speakers available so that you can listen to music of your choosing. You will have a queen sized bed to rest on during labor and postpartum and this bed has high quality sheets! We really want you to be comfortable.
We encourage you to move as you desire in labor. Choose the positions that work best for you! You may labor in water, using the tub or the shower. We don’t mind if clients want to walk the stairs or take a walk around the block and then rest whenever it is needed. For pain relief options here we have the use of water (tub or shower) and nitrous oxide. You can learn more about nitrous here: Nitrous Oxide During Labor
Your care will be provided by the small team of people you have gotten to know during your prenatal visits. Since we will also know you, we will understand your wishes for your birth. We will continue to provide care with informed consent for any decisions that need to be made during the birthing process. Should you desire to hire a doula, we will happily welcome them to the birth center.
Midwives in freestanding birth centers have excellent safety records while also having low rates of interventions. For information on the safety of birth centers, click here for the AABC study.
After you give birth, you will be encouraged to eat and rest for a few hours before you head home to rest. Early discharge to home from a freestanding birth center is safe and many families enjoy returning to their own environment to rest and connect with family. We will begin your postpartum care at this time.
After you have been discharged from River Valley Birth Center, you will continue to see a midwife for postpartum care for the first 4-6 weeks after the birth. The first postpartum visit will take place in person so that we can perform a newborn hearing screening, CCHD screening, and collect the newborn metabolic screening. After the initial postpartum visit, families are encouraged to continue to see us for virtual visits for 4-6 weeks, with procedure visits available when needed. These visits will be spent checking to see how you are healing from the birth, doing a weight check on your baby, assisting with breastfeeding and babycare questions, and giving referrals to any additional services that you may need. We offer families the option of borrowing a baby scale from us for these first 4-6 weeks so we can all monitor baby’s growth with ease.
Your baby gets care in the immediate postpartum time from a midwife. This care includes a full newborn exam and availability of antibiotic eye ointment and Vitamin K (all newborn procedures can be declined by a family). Your baby will be carefully assessed during your entire stay at River Valley Birth Center.
We offer the Minnesota Department of Health Newborn Metabolic Screening, Newborn Hearing Screening, and screening for Critical Congenital Heart Disease through pulse oximetry readings at the follow-up postpartum visits. We will also provide you with a referral to a pediatrician or family practice doctor, if you do not already have one picked out.
We will handle filing the birth certificate and social security card.