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newborn care

After delivery, some babies go home within a couple of days while others may need to stay with us for a longer period of time. Whether your newborn is here for two days or several months, The Mother Baby Center is a great place to have a baby and a great place to be a baby. Here is an overview of the various nurseries at The Mother Baby Center:

Newborn Nursery -  At The Mother Baby Center, we promote "rooming in." Each mom and baby stays in the same room, where mom can get to know baby's schedule and baby can be closest to mom's comfort. However, we know that sometimes you need time to yourself, to shower or to nap. Our newborn nursery is the place your baby will be if he or she is not with you.

Your nurse will observe your baby both in the nursery and in your room. When you are ready, they will help you care for your newborn in your room. If you need extra recovery time, know that your baby will receive expert care in our nursery.

If your baby requires more intensive care we offer: 

  • Special Care Nursery 
    Available at:

    The Mother Baby Center at Abbott Northwestern and Children's – Minneapolis
    The Mother Baby Center at Mercy with Children's
    The Mother Baby Center at United and Children's – St. Paul

  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) 
    Available at:
    The Mother Baby Center at Abbott Northwestern and Children's – Minneapolis
     The Mother Baby Center at United and Children's – St. Paul

  • Infant Care Center (ICC) 
    Available at:
    The Mother Baby Center at Abbott Northwestern and Children's – Minneapolis

  • NICU Long-Term Follow-Up 
    Available at:
    The Mother Baby Center at Abbott Northwestern and Children's – Minneapolis

Newborn screening

Even if your baby seems healthy, he or she needs to be tested for several rare disorders. These disorders can be treated if found early. This can mean preventing illness, physical and mental disabilities or even death. Newborn screenings take place at The Mother Baby Center within 24 to 48 hours after your baby is born.

  • Your nurse or health care provider will let you know when the screening will happen and answer any questions you may have.
  • Then, a few drops of blood will be drawn from your baby's heel. The drops will be preserved on a special card and sent to the Minnesota Department of Health for testing.
  • At the same time, a simple test to check your baby's hearing will be conducted by a staff member. In Minnesota, newborn screening is required by law, unless a parent objects in writing. For more about the Minnesota Newborn Screening Program, call 1-800-664-7772 or visit health.state.mn.us/newbornscreening.

What happens to the test results?

If the results are negative (show that your baby does not have a disorder) the results will be sent to The Mother Baby Center and added to your baby's health records. If your baby's screenings test positive or borderline, you may be asked to schedule a follow-up appointment. If your baby does not pass the hearing test, you may be referred to an audiologist or specialist in hearing loss for further testing.

NEWBORN CHECKUP

Your baby will receive their first pediatric check-up while they are here. Find a pediatrician for the important first two-week visit and beyond.


This service is available at these locations: Coon Rapids, Minneapolis and St. Paul.