A birth center is a home-like facility, in which the women may receive family-centered care before, during, and after their childbirth.
In the state of Minnesota birth centers must be licensed by the Department of Health. One thing that can be confusing is that many hospitals will call their labor and delivery area a “Birth Center” because it has such a nice sound to it, but the state of Minnesota is quite specific that licensed birth centers are NOT part of a hospital. You can read about that here: 144.615
River Valley Birth Center was the first licensed birth center in southern Minnesota and remains the only licensed birth center in southern Minnesota.