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Construction to start on The Mother Baby Center at United and Children’s – St. Paul

United, Children’s Minnesota partner for third metro birthing center

St. Paul, Minn. (March 17, 2015) — Allina Health and Children’s Minnesota announced the expansion of their birthing center partnership by hosting a construction kick-off at The Mother Baby Center at United and Children’s – St. Paul on Tuesday, March 17.

United and Children’s – St. Paul have been working together for more than 30 years to provide moms and babies in the east metro an exceptional birth and baby experience. Now, through a formal partnership between Allina Health and Children’s, this collaboration is growing with The Mother Baby Center at United and Children’s – St. Paul.

This third Mother Baby Center builds on the experience and success of The Mother Baby Center at Abbott Northwestern and Children’s – Minneapolis and at Mercy Hospital with Children’s, which will open in July.

“With The Mother Baby Center at United and Children’s – St. Paul, not only will we be creating an exceptional facility, we will be expanding our programs and services to reflect the Mother Baby promise, including low to high risk delivery options, integrative medicine options provided by the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, midwifery services, and exceptional parent/family support services,” said Penny Wheeler, MD, president and chief executive officer, Allina Health.

“The birth center and neonatal units are currently across the hall from each other. By further integrating the units and formally aligning our clinical care protocols, all moms and babies, whether high-risk or not, can have the extraordinary birth experience they desire. And should the unexpected happen, we’re well equipped to provide the highest level of care,” said Dave Overman, president and chief operating officer at Children’s.

The Mother Baby Center at United and Children’s – St. Paul has been thoughtfully designed to provide excellent care, while accommodating caregivers, babies, families and non-clinical equipment that moms may want. The center is a culmination of creating new spaces and renovating old spaces, creating the ultimate mom and baby facility. The Mother Baby Center at United and Children’s – St. Paul will be completed in two phases.

  • Phase one, to be completed in fall 2015, consists of remodeling the current units, including the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and building out 30,000 square feet of new space that will house triage, labor and delivery, operating rooms and post-operative rooms. Additionally, a new entrance and family waiting area will be completed.
  • Phase two, to be completed in fall 2016, will offer new rooms for families after birth (postpartum) and mothers on bed rest (antepartum). In addition, there will be improved facilities for providers and staff.

About Allina Health

Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics13 hospitals16 pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services that provide home caresenior transitionshospice carehome oxygen and medical equipment, and emergency medical transportation services. For more information about Allina Health, visit our website at and join us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Children’s Minnesota

Children’s Minnesota is one of the largest pediatric health systems in the United States and the only health system in Minnesota to provide care exclusively to children, from before birth through young adulthood. An independent and not-for-profit system since 1924, Children’s serves kids throughout the Upper Midwest at two free-standing hospitals, 12 primary and specialty-care clinics and six rehabilitation sites. Children’s maintains its longstanding commitment to the community to improve children’s health by providing high-quality, family-centered pediatric services and advancing those efforts through research and education. An award-winning health system, Children’s is regularly ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a top children’s hospital. Please visit