About Us

The River Valley Birth Center Story

Our Team

Erika Urban, CPM, LM

Midwife and Owner

Rebeccah Hazel, CPM, LM


About Erika

This is the part of the bio where i am supposed to say how I always knew I would be a midwife, but that wouldn't be accurate.... I figured I would go into musical theatre (but I can't dance). When I was expecting my 2nd kiddo my husband and I decided to hire and midwife and have a home birth. It was a great experience and I really appreciated how the care I had been provided with encouraged me to learn, grow, make decisions, and to share my priorities and values with my provider. I found midwifery care to be so respectful of the birthing person as an individual who wants to participate in their health. I wanted to become a midwife so that I could help people who wanted to experience that kind of care. I started my education and training and that was that. I have been attending births for most of my adult life now. I moved to St Peter in 2009 and started a solo practice and haven't stopped ever since. I think I made a solid choice because I still really enjoy my job.

A little about me: I enjoy reading, trail running, snowshoeing, hot tubbing, and I am absolutely passionate about writing. My younger son exposed me to Marvel movies and I am entirely hooked on them. I love taking on big projects and adore time with my family. I live in St Peter with my amazing husband, Joe. We have 4 kids ranging in age from 10 years old to adult and they are all amazing humans and I feel fortunate to lovingly refer to them as my roommates (although one of them no longer lives at home). I am an introvert with a vivid imagination so I can go a long time without socializing, but I also love people. I think the best part of my job is all the really amazing people I have been able to meet and work with and I so appreciate them inviting me into their lives.

About Rebeccah

Rebeccah will never write her own bio, so I (Erika) will write a little one for her! Rebeccah came to River Valley Birth Center in January 2020. I convinced her to move from out-of-state where she was practicing as a midwife to join our little team. She is a fantastic midwife with a solid sense of humor, a kind and generous heart, and an extremely logical/practical thought process. It is not often someone comes along who is so pragmatic while still remaining flexible as she is always willing and able to see another viewpoint on a subject.

She enjoys sketching, hiking in the woods, cooking, and spending time with her family. I am trying to convince her that the snow is a joy, but she hasn't agreed with me quite yet.... I will keep working on her.

I won't overshare her personal details here online because that isn't really her style. I will just say that she has been a delight to work with. If you want to know more about her, I suppose you will just have to make an appointment with her and ask.

Juana Arias

Birth Assist/Admin Assist

Joe Urban


About Juana

Juana joined River Valley Birth Center in 2018 and she has been a crucial team member ever since. She is certified in CPR and Neonatal Resuscitation and she is an extremely skilled birth assistant with a natural, intuitive sense of what each situation may require. Her calm presence is loved by all who are lucky enough to have her in their birth room.

Juana also functions as our administrative assistant. In this role she answers and returns phone calls, collects paperwork and insurance information, runs our orientation sessions, filters all the sales calls and emails, sends records, schedules and reschedules visits, and does a little bit of everything, actually.

Juana lives in St Peter with her family. She enjoys spending time with her kids, cuddling her pets, knitting, keeping tiny plants alive, taking in movies, and art... she is a talented artist. She is the Studio Manager at the Arts Center of St Peter.

About Joe

Joe is an important member of the team, but you won't find him in the clinic space. While he remains certified in Neonatal Resuscitation and CPR and can complete emergency medical drills with ease, he sticks to the behind-the-scenes aspects of this practice. He manages the facility and maintenance, is a fantastic handyman, and his expertise is in Information Technology so he manages all of the technology and security for the practice. Technology has become more and more important for healthcare over the years, so we are so fortunate to have our own in-house IT guy. He understands the importance of firewalls and secure networks, which is fantastic for us because they don't teach that in midwifery school.

Joe's day job is at South Central Community College in the I.T. department. He enjoys tinkering with things, renovation projects, cooking, baking, comedy, live music, and hanging out with his family. If you happen to see him around the birth center he is likely there to remove the snow, bring his wife some dinner, or he has come to save the day when something stops working the way it is supposed to.

About Us

River Valley Birth Center is unique. 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.” There are 8 licensed birth centers in the state, 3 are located in Greater Minnesota, and River Valley Birth Center is the only birth center located in southern Minnesota.

River Valley Birth Center is licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health and accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers. When a birth center is accredited by the CABC they are held to the highest standards for safety, transparency, accountability, quality improvement, and patient care. CABC accreditation requires extensive reviews and site visits to make sure we are fulfilling every indicator for compliance while providing evidence-based midwifery care.

While birth centers and their staff come in all shapes and sizes, we adore being one of the smallest accredited birth centers when it comes to the size of our staff! We enjoy getting a chance to get to know our clients really well and provide them with continuity of care. By limiting the number of clients accepted into care we are able to provide the highest quality of care to each family we serve. Our midwives are both Certified Professional Midwives and licensed by the Board of Medical Practice. CPMs are specifically trained for community birth, providing care in birth centers and home.

Our History

River Valley Birth Center was started in 2014 by Erika and Joe Urban.

started providing midwifery care in South Central Minnesota in 2009 after moving to Saint Peter from NE Wisconsin. For the first 5 years of practice in Minnesota she focused on community birth in the context of home birth while simultaneously working towards opening a freestanding birth center. It took 4 years of careful planning and hard work from the time she went to a birth center planning workshop until the doors of River Valley Birth Center were open and licensed. This time required a lot of spreadsheets and budgets, research about zoning, meetings with city officials, property searches, big risks, and a lot of renovations. The first babies born at RVBC arrived in July 2014.