Obstetrics / Pregnancy — Labor and Delivery

At WHC, we pride ourselves on providing comprehensive obstetric care, individualized to each patient’s unique situation and needs. We operate and deliver only at The Mother Baby Center. The Mother Baby Center's affiliation with Abbott Northwestern Hospital and Children's Hospital-Minneapolis enables us to offer high-risk obstetric care, as Children's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is one of the best in the nation.

Here is an overview of what to do and what to expect when the big day finally arrives.

If you think you are in labor, call our main number: 612-333-4822 [option 4]. During office hours, you will speak to one of our nurses, who will answer any questions that you might have and direct you to the clinic or the hospital, if appropriate. After hours, our answering service will answer, ask you a few basic questions, and then page the on-call doctor, who will return your call.

If the doctor recommends that you go to the hospital to be assessed, she will call the hospital to let them know to expect you. You will then go to the Maternal Assessment Center (MAC) at The Mother Baby Center, which is on the third floor.

A labor and delivery nurse will do an initial assessment of you and your baby. The nurse will then contact our on-call doctor. If the decision is made to admit you to the hospital, you will be seen by the doctor immediately or in a timely fashion, depending on the circumstances.

Our doctors share the on-call schedule, so your delivering doctor may not be your primary doctor. You will be delivered by a WHC physician (and a well-rested one!).

After delivery, you will be seen every day while you are in the hospital by a WHC nurse practitioner or physician.