The Birthplace

Delivering an exceptional birth experience

The Birthplace staff has helped women give birth to tens of thousands of babies, but we still view every birth as unique. We work closely with you and your health care provider to support the choices you make in your birth plan, to ensure your experience is exceptional.

Your comfort and convenience matter to us
We’ve designed modern, private and secure birthing and postpartum rooms. They come equipped with the latest technology, assuring the best for you and your baby. Rooms also include free Wi-Fi so you can immediately announce your happy news. The Birthplace offers additional amenities and services for new moms and their babies. Services include photography, convenient access to Fairview Pharmacies and more. The use of a birthing tub is an alternative for some women. To learn more about the birthing tub experience, along with the many other options for your personal birthing plan, talk with your health care provider. 

Watch the video below to learn more about The Birthplace, our values, and expertise.

Expansion: Summer 2015
This summer we are excited to offer an even better experience for women, their babies and their families through a series of important facility upgrades and improvements that will build upon our tradition of great care and support to families.

Our projects that are underway include new, larger rooms for moms to recover in after giving birth, with modern comforts and conveniences. We are also expanding our NICU for babies that need a little extra care after they are born, with larger private rooms. Our labor and delivery rooms and Maternal Fetal Medicine Clinic is getting an updated look as well. Stay tuned for more information and an opportunity to visit these beautiful new and updated spaces for moms and their families.

Take a Tour of The Birthplace
We invite you to take a guided tour of our birthplace, led by our staff. See the schedule and register online for a tour. Or call 612-672-7272 or 800-824-1953 to register.

What newborn care and support can you expect?
After your baby’s birth, our experienced baby specialists will help you learn how to care for your baby. You’ll learn important tips that are fascinating and even sometimes fun. Certified, caring lactation consultants are on hand to assist and support you for successful breastfeeding.

Level IV NICU - Onsite critical care for newborns
Should your newborn arrive early or need advanced care, a Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is located immediately adjacent to The Birthplace. Care is provided around the clock by specially trained neonatal nurse practitioners who work in partnership with University of Minnesota Physicians' neonatologists.

Specialized care for a high-risk pregnancy
Specialists at University of Minnesota Medical Center’s three Maternal-Fetal Medicine Centers provide care for pregnant women who are — or who have a high risk of — experiencing a medically complicated pregnancy.

Take a virtual tour of The Birthplace, or hear Emily Borman-Shoap, MD, director of Newborn Care at The Birthplace, talk about how we care for new babies--and new moms. Dr. Borman-Shoap also explains the ten steps we took to attain Baby Friendly certification.

Are you pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant?
If you’re looking for a physician or certified nurse midwife to care for you during the planning phases of your pregnancy, while you're pregnant and after you give birth, we partner with many outstanding health care providers in the area. Find a clinic near you.

Care Team


Our Providers Make the Difference
Fairview features nearly 4,000 providers practicing at over 200 locations throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area and beyond. Fairview Clinics, University of Minnesota Physicians and our independent partner clinics provide an exceptional care experience, while lowering the overall costs of health care.