What to expect at Ridgeview’s Birthing Center during the COVID-19 pandemic

We understand this may be a scary time to have a baby, but be assured, we are doing all we can to ensure a safe and positive birthing experience.

Expectant moms are invited to have one healthy support person with them, who may remain with them and their babies during their stay at Ridgeview. To keep our newborn babies safe, we are limiting visitation to that one person.

When you arrive at the Birthing Center for delivery, you and your support person will be asked a number of questions to assess your and your support person’s health. Should your support person be ill at the time of admission, you may identify a healthy back-up support person to be present with you. Your care team will provide information about on-site meal options and other services available to you and your support person during your stay.

For new mothers suspected or confirmed positive for COVID-19, your caregiver will have a conversation with you about the risk of transmission and include you in shared decision-making. No woman will labor alone and no mother will be forced to separate from her newborn. Following your delivery, your care team will provide education and support to help you prepare for taking your baby home including – when appropriate for your recovery – the option for early discharge.

Ridgeview and its Birthing Center team are committed to informing and supporting you before, during and after your delivery. For more information, please talk to your provider.

COVID-19 evaluation and testing available at five Ridgeview locations

Ridgeview is offering COVID-19 evaluation and testing for any symptomatic persons age 12 and older (testing for patients under age 12 may be performed if considered appropriate by the provider). Appointment and walk-in options are available. To schedule an appointment, call Ridgeview's COVID-19 Call Center at 952-442-7811. Patients requesting evaluation and testing will be referred to one of the designated testing locations listed below. Established patients seeking Antibody testing should contact their regular provider.

Ridgeview Belle Plaine Clinic
Testing hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ridgeview Delano Clinic
Testing hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Ridgeview Excelsior Clinic
Testing hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Urgent Care at Ridgeview Le Sueur Medical Center
Testing hours: Seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Urgent Care at Ridgeview Sibley Medical Center
Testing hours: Seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Ridgeview eCare

Free online COVID-19 screening available on Ridgeview eCare.

Ways you can help


Minnesota Department of Health


Centers for Disease Control

Minnesota Helpline

Questions about COVID-19? Call the Minnesota Helpline at 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.