Your pregnancy and parenting resource guide
Whether you’re just starting to think about having children or you’re already chasing after little ones, you might be looking for all the pregnancy resources or parenting tips you can get your hands on. We’ve got you covered.
Here you’ll learn about care options for you and your family. You’ll also find helpful resources for all stages of pregnancy, from trying to conceive to postpartum. You’ll discover parenting resources to help guide you from the moment your baby is born, too.
If it’s a care provider you need, we can help you find a doctor for you or your child. If you’re looking for a birth center, we can help you there, too.
Your overall health, pregnancy and childbirth goals, and health care preferences, are all factors in choosing the right doctor. And the good news is that you have a lot of options to choose from:
- OB-GYNs specialize in women’s health, which includes providing preventive care like annual checkups, as well as prenatal care and delivering babies. OB-GYNs specialize in high-risk or complex pregnancies and births.
- Midwives also specialize in all aspects of women’s health, but pregnancy, birth and postpartum care are what they’re most known for. Midwives can manage low-risk pregnancies and births.
- Family medicine doctors can provide everyday care and pregnancy care from your first prenatal appointment to the day you deliver and beyond. Family doctors also work with low-risk pregnancies and births.
- Physician assistants and nurse practitioners can also provide everyday and prenatal care. They don’t deliver babies, but they’ll coordinate with other specialists and physicians to make sure you get the right care.
The best doctor for your child is one that fits your family, lifestyle and care preferences. You have a range of great options that include:
- Pediatricians are solely focused on children’s health care, caring for kids from birth to early adulthood.
- Family medicine doctors can provide personalized care for your whole family at any age and any stage of life.
- Med-ped doctors can have dual specialty certification in internal and pediatric medicines, which means they also treat people of all ages – including those with more specialized care needs.
- Physician assistants and nurse practitioners are highly trained and licensed to provide everyday care for babies, big kids and adults, and they coordinate more specialized care with physicians.
Chances are you’re hoping for a certain kind of birth experience. That’s why we’ve designed each of our birth centers with you in mind, bringing tranquility, a range of birth options, and medical expertise all together. Explore all our birth centers below.
- Amery Hospital Birth Center (Amery, WI)
- Hudson Hospital Birth Center (Hudson, WI)
- Hutchinson Health BirthCare Center (Hutchinson, MN)
- Lakeview Hospital Birth and Women’s Center (Stillwater, MN)
- Methodist Hospital Family Birth Center (St. Louis Park, MN)
- Olivia Hospital Birth Center (Olivia, MN)
- Regions Hospital Family Birth Center (St. Paul, MN)
- Westfields Hospital Birth Center (New Richmond, WI)
Partner hospitals and birth centers:
- Family Birth Center – Maple Grove Hospital (Maple Grove, MN)
- The Mother Baby Center at Abbott Northwestern and Children’s Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN)
- The Mother Baby Center at Mercy with Children’s Minnesota (Coon Rapids, MN)
- St. Francis Family Birth Place (Shakopee, MN)
- The Birthplace at M Health Fairview Ridges Hospital (Burnsville, MN)
No matter what stage of pregnancy or parenting you’re in, we have helpful resources to guide you on your journey.
- When to schedule your first prenatal appointment
- The differences between OB-GYN and midwives for pregnancy care
- How to manage morning sickness
- Why oral health is important during pregnancy
- How to prepare your children for a new sibling
- How dads can bond with baby before and after they’re born
- Things to discuss with your partner before baby arrives
- How to create a birth plan
- The differences between freestanding birth centers and hospital birth centers
- Answers to embarrassing questions about labor and childbirth
- Pain management during labor and delivery
- What there is to know about “natural births” vs. epidural births
- The pros and cons of water births
- What you should know about C-sections
- What to expect when giving birth during a pandemic