Pregnancy (prenatal) care
Whether you’re pregnant for the first time, or adding to your family, you have begun an amazing journey. Allina Health pregnancy care (prenatal care) providers are here to guide, support and offer expert care for you, your baby and your family throughout the pregnancy and childbirth experience.
Allina Health doctors and midwives deliver at The Mother Baby Centers of Allina Health and Children's Minnesota and regional birth centers located throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin - see birth center locations below.
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What it is
At Allina Health, you'll be able to choose from different types of pregnancy care providers (doctors and midwives) to best suit your family. To find a doctor or midwife near you, check out the clinic locations listed below.
- Obstetrician and gynecologists (OB-GYNs): Doctors who specialize in pregnancy/labor and delivery and women’s health care.
- Family medicine physicians specializing in obstetrics: Doctors who can care for individuals at any age and also specialize in pregnancy care/labor and delivery.
- Certified nurse-midwives: Certified nurse-midwives have an advanced master's or doctoral degree and is certified by the American College of Nurse-Midwives. Certified nurse-midwives can provide women’s health care through all stages of life.
- Nurse practitioners: Nurse practitioners that specialize in women's health.
What to expect
During your pregnancy you'll probably see your doctor or midwife more often than before.
- Initial OB visit: The first prenatal appointment is usually when you are 12 weeks pregnant. The timing and focus of prenatal visits will be designed to meet your specific care needs.
- Second trimester (Months 4 to 6, Weeks 14 to 26): During this trimester, you are likely to see your health care provider every month. At these visits you will be offered some screenings and tests, and possibly an ultrasound.
- Third trimester (Months 7 to 9, Weeks 27 to 40+): You will probably see your health care provider every other week until 38 weeks. After that you are likely to have weekly visits.
- After childbirth/delivery (postpartum visit): You will have a routine check-up appointment in the clinic approximately six weeks after you have delivered your baby.
Good to know
Allina Health birth centers focused on you, your baby and the entire family.
Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area:
- The Mother Baby Centers of Allina Health and Children’s Minnesota: Minneapolis, St. Paul and Coon Rapids, MN
Greater Minnesota and Wisconsin
Good to know
Water birth - is it an option for me?
During a water birth, the mother gives birth in water in a special birthing tub. She may also spend part of her labor in the tub. At Allina Health, water birth deliveries occur in a caring environment and are supported by an experienced team that is specially trained in water births.
There are many benefits that both the mother and baby may experience during a water birth. Many women experience increased comfort and relaxation; more efficient contractions; and reduced stress-related hormones. For the baby, a water birth may ease the stress of the birth and bring greater reassurance and a sense of security. Women considering a water birth must meet certain health criteria. If you're interested in a water birth, please talk with your pregnancy care/health care provider before your delivery.
Allina Health offers water birth delivery at:
- The Mother Baby Centers: Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN locations only
- St. Francis Regional Medical Center: Shakopee, MN
Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond, seventh edition, ob-ah-90026
Reviewed by: Ronald Gourneau, MD