Birthing Center

Watch our quick video tour below and see why Ridgeview’s Birthing Center stands out among birthing centers throughout the Twin Cities and beyond.

A mother and daughter team—prenatal instructor and RN—describe what makes Ridgeview such a special place to deliver your baby.

Ridgeview’s Birthing Center is a special place to delivery your baby. It’s a beautiful, nurturing and inviting setting where mom and baby are supported by an experienced team of providers who genuinely care that you receive the very best birthing experience—unique to your individual desires.

You’re more than a patient; you’re treated like family.

Ridgeview’s Birthing Center Features:

  • Six birthing suites with full-sized bathtubs, supporting the option to labor and deliver in water (aided by certified nurse midwives)
  • 18 private "spa-like" postpartum suites with hotel-like décor and amenities
  • Breastfeeding guidance and follow-up support by nationally-recognized lactation specialists
  • Concierge room service for lactation supplies
  • Advanced technology for fetal monitoring and infant security
  • Neonatal Care Unit for fragile infants needing more advanced care
  • Gift shop located on the main floor near the hospital entrance

Family-Centered Cesarean Deliveries

Ridgeview offers the option for a family-centered cesarean delivery for women who have planned and/or scheduled cesarean deliveries. Mothers can view the birth through a clear drape with immediate skin-to-skin contact with baby—promoting early bonding and enhancing the surgical experience.

Options for Pain Relief

Ridgeview offers choices for pain relief—including nitrous oxide. Other alternatives include: epidural, IV pain medicine and hydrotherapy (shower or bath tub). Women who choose nitrous oxide can also later request an epidural or other pain relief.

Pre-Register

To help us prepare for your delivery, please complete your pre-admission form as soon as you have made your decision to deliver at Ridgeview or by your fifth month of pregnancy.

Childbirth Education

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Ridgeview remains committed to providing you with education and support for your upcoming childbirth experience. Although we are not able to offer in-person education at this time, you are invited to request a FREE copy of The Gift of Motherhood.

Request a copy of The Gift of Motherhood

When you’re in labor

Call 952-777-4646 to speak to a nurse at Ridgeview’s Birthing Center to let us know that you’re on your way. Please enter the hospital from the front entrance between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. If you’re arriving between 6:30 p.m. and 6:30 a.m., we ask that you park in the Emergency Department (ED) parking lot and enter through the ED entrance.

Ridgeview’s Birthing Center is located on the 3rd Floor of the hospital on the Waconia campus. 

Follow this link for direct access to information about driving directions, parking and more.

Portrait of Sarah Cowell and baby

What it’s like having a baby during the pandemic

“I wasn’t terribly worried about COVID-19 until Governor Waltz issued the stay-at-home order at the end of March,” said Sarah Cowell from Arlington, Minn., who was nearly eight months pregnant with her fourth child at the time. “I quickly became concerned and had a long list of questions for my provider.”

Read Sarah's story