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If you're visiting mom and baby at The Mother Baby Center: Review Allina Health's guidelines

If you're visiting baby in the neonatal units: Review Children's Minnesota guidelines

Learn more about COVID-19 and pregnancy: The Mother Baby Center COVID-19 Information

Cesarean Births (C-Section)

If you plan to have a Cesarean birth, be sure to talk to your health care provider to decide what is right for you. Consider creating a birth plan that details your preferences and needs, and share your plan with The Mother Baby Center care team.

Cesarean birth (C-Section) may be planned in advance or recommended as an emergency procedure if your health care provider determines that the health of you or your baby is at risk.


In a Cesarean birth, your baby is born through an incision (surgical cut) in your abdomen. The surgery takes about 30 to 40 minutes, and your baby is born 5 to 10 minutes after the surgery begins. The rest of the time is needed to remove the placenta and repair the incision.


You may have a planned Cesarean birth. This means that you and your health care provider know before your labor begins that this is the way your baby will be born.


You may have an unplanned, emergency Cesarean. This might happen because of your baby's position, size or health, or because of your own health. A decision for an unplanned Cesarean birth can occur over several hours or happen quickly.


Learn more about Cesarean births.

Recovering From Childbirth

Recovery from a Cesarean birth will take longer than a vaginal birth. In addition to being a new mother, you are recovering from major surgery. It's normal for your incision to itch or feel numb or prickly when you touch it. These sensations can last for months.

Learn about what to expect if you had a Cesarean birth.

Create a Birth Plan

A birth plan will guide you in detailing your preferences for labor and delivery so that you can discuss them with your partner and health care provider. Create a birth plan.

What to Pack

What should you bring with you? While we provide a lot of what you need, there may be some things from home that will help you feel comfortable during your stay here. What to pack.



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