Minneapolis Birth Center

The Mother Baby Center provides care to families in three convenient locations across the Twin Cities metro area.

A nurse, partner, and doula offering support to a woman in labor on a birth ball


The Mother Baby Center at Abbott Northwestern and Children’s Minnesota
902 East 26th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Please note: There are several large-scale road construction projects in the metro area that may impact your route. Visit the Minnesota Department of Transportation website to check for road closures and sign up for traffic alerts.

Welcome to The Mother Baby Center

Welcome to The Mother Baby Center at Abbott Northwestern and Children’s Minnesota!

Our virtual tour video is a great way to see everything the birthing center has to offer.

Sign up for an in-person tour

To help answer your questions about our Minneapolis birth center or what you can expect as a patient, we offer in-person tours. Learn more and sign up for a tour.

Watch our virtual tour

Getting here

In an emergency, you should always call 9-1-1.
For non-emergency medical transportation, call Allina Health emergency medical services at 651-222-0555.
For security/personal escorts, call 612-863-5416.

A dedicated entrance to The Mother Baby Center is located at 902 East 26th Street Minneapolis, MN 55404, between 10th Avenue S and Chicago Avenue.

Expecting moms can be dropped off at the main entrance, where there will be a concierge who can direct them to the check-in desk on the third floor.

Once you pull into The Mother Baby Center, you can follow the roundabout to the main entrance for drop off, or you can park in the Blue/26th Street visitor ramp (to the right of the main entrance).

Families and visitors may park in the Blue/26th Street visitor ramp adjacent to The Mother Baby Center. From there, take the South elevators to the first floor and walk outside to the main entrance.

Families and visitors of patients staying multiple days may be interested in discounted parking options. Stop in at the third floor Celebration Plaza desk within The Mother Baby Center to receive an information packet.

Minneapolis Anesthesia Partners is proud to be designated as a Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology Center of Excellence (COE). Minneapolis Anesthesia Partners provides anesthesia care at The Mother Baby Center at Abbott Northwestern and Children’s Minnesota.

Available Here

The Mother Baby Center at Abbott Northwestern and Children’s Minnesota provides the following amenities to ensure a comfortable, warm, and calm environment for your delivery:

  • Television
  • DVD player
  • Wi-Fi access
  • iPod® doc (compatible with iPods and older iPhones. Newer iPhones or other equipment will require an adaptor or other audio equipment)
  • A fold-out couch or recliner available for your partner
  • A luggage cart with lockable safe that holds all of your belongings and moves with you from room to room
  • Private bathroom with a shower or a tub/shower combination
  • A small refrigerator (no freezer)

Family memories are born at The Mother Baby Center. We recognize the important roles loved ones will play in your baby’s life and welcome them to share in this experience. We have the following spaces that allow family members and friends to participate while still giving baby and parents the time and privacy they need to bond as well:

Celebration Plaza

A gathering and waiting area for patients, families and visitors, the Celebration Plaza has a child’s play area and beautiful interactive pieces of art to keep your little ones entertained.

Large waiting and relaxation areas are on the second and fourth floors of The Mother Baby Center. 

Interfaith chapel

An interfaith chapel is located on the first floor at Children’s Minnesota, and the interfaith Ewe Memorial Chapel is located on the first floor at Abbott Northwestern. Chaplains are available to support the special spiritual needs of patients and families. 

Children’s Minnesota Spiritual Care | Abbott Northwestern chaplaincy services 

Healing Garden

Open to the public, the Healing Garden is located outside the entryway of the Children’s Minnesota Specialty Center on the corner of Chicago Avenue and 26th Street. The Healing Garden contains a family of animals created out of Minnesota granite. The forms are smooth and rounded like large beach stones with textured areas inviting children and adults to touch, hug, play, and interact.

Meet the sculptors behind our Healing Garden pieces.

Other outside spaces have bike racks, outdoor games, and benches for visitors and guests.

Should you choose to bring a patient a gift, the following gift shops are on site at The Mother Baby Center: 

Storybook Gift Shop – Children’s Minnesota

Storybook Gift Shop, located in the second floor skyway at Children’s Minnesota, sells toys, balloons, books, cards, gifts and personal items. All profits are donated to programs and services at Children’s Minnesota.

Storybook Gift Shop hours:

  • Monday-Thursday: 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Sunday: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

For phone orders or other information, call 612-813-6855.

The Gift Shop at Abbott Northwestern

The Gift Shop offers a large selection of cards, stuffed toys, balloons, fresh flowers, paperback books, baby items, candies and more. It is located across the street from The Mother Baby Center in the Courage Kenny lobby of Abbott Northwestern.

The Gift Shop hours:

  • Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

To send a patient flowers or a gift, call 612-863-4325.

Marketplace – Children’s Minnesota

Marketplace is a convenience store on the second floor of the Children’s Minnesota Specialty Center. It offers basic sundries, food, logo wear, infant and breastfeeding supplies, and other health-related products as well as retail pharmacy.

Marketplace hours:

  • Monday-Friday: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

What’s for dinner? When your visitors pose this question, you can point them to a variety of dining options. The following list is in order of proximity to The Mother Baby Center:

At Your Service

At Your Service is a personalized dining service in which patients can order their meals off a restaurant-style menu. Visitors and guests of patients may also order At Your Service meals delivered to the patient’s room. See the At Your Service card in the patient welcome packet for instructions and pricing.

Starz Café

Located on the first floor of Children’s Minnesota near the Welcome Center, the Starz Café provides a delicious deli, salad bar, hot entrées, dine-in or take-out.

Starz Café hours:


  • 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • 1:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

Weekends and holidays

  • 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • 3 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

For more information, please call 612-813-6213.

Jazzman’s Café

Located on the second floor of Children’s Minnesota Specialty Center in Marketplace, Jazzman’s Café serves specialty coffee, tea, smoothies, pastries, soup, salad, and sandwiches.

Jazzman’s Café hours:

  • Monday-Friday: 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Jazzman’s Café is closed on holidays.

For more information, please call 612-813-7416.

Vending machines

Vending machines are located at The Mother Baby Center on the second floor and Children’s Minnesota on the first floor (between the Interfaith Chapel and Emergency Department) and on the lower level (near the hospital elevators).

Hospital cafeteria at Abbott Northwestern

The Abbott Northwestern cafeteria is located on the lower level of the lobby of the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute and is accessible either by escalator or elevator during these hours:

Hospital cafeteria hours:

Monday-Friday: 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

  • Hot breakfast: 6:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
  • Hot lunch: 11 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
  • Dinner: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m

  • Continental breakfast: 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Waffle bar: 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Brunch: 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

For more information and daily specials, please call 612-863-4895.

Skyway Café

Located at the top of Abbott Northwestern’s main lobby staircase on the second floor near the Heart Hospital, the Skyway Café offers coffee drinks and other beverages, as well as salads, sandwiches and a variety of pastries during the following hours:

Skyway Café hours:

  • Open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Midtown Global Market

More than 50 vendors offer the finest selection of produce, delicacies, prepared foods, grocery items, and specialty gifts from around the globe.

For more information, please visit www.midtownglobalmarket.org

The Mother Baby Center was built to accommodate mom and babies plus members of your family who want to share in your special journey. If your family needs more space, lodging is available nearby.

Hilton Garden Inn Minneapolis Downtown

1101 4th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404

$89.00 rate includes free valet parking and free hospital shuttle service
Reservations: 612-339-6633, ask for Abbott Northwestern Hospital preferred rate.