We are pleased to bring you the Pregnancy & Postpartum Support Guide presented by Mankato Clinic.

The pregnancy and postpartum period can be filled with so much joy, but it can also be overwhelming when researching all of your options. There are endless questions to be answered: Where should I give birth? Who will help me? Once my baby is born, will I ever sleep again? It is our hope that this guide helps answer some of those questions.

*This guide is sponsored by the following businesses

Mankato Clinic

At Mankato Clinic Obstetrics and Gynecology, our purpose is a healthy mom and healthy baby. We offer fertility services, prenatal, labor and delivery, and postnatal care. During pregnancy, your appointments will begin at 8-12 weeks, then every four weeks until 28 weeks, then every 2 weeks until 36 weeks, then every week until delivery. In your first appointment, you will meet with a nurse educator to receive helpful information. Your care also includes OB classes on Prepared Childbirth, Newborn Care, Breastfeeding and Car Seat Safety. We also offer Childbirth Express, a one session refresher. Our obstetricians deliver babies and perform cesarean deliveries at Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato Hospital. Your postpartum appointment should be scheduled at 4-6 weeks. If you’ve had a cesarean delivery, your obstetrician will want to see you 2 weeks after surgery. We pay close attention to your physical and mental health at these visits. We encourage our patients to call us with any concerns or questions between appointments. With more for mommies + children, Mankato Clinic OB/GYN is at our Main Street location, 507-389-8522.

Mayo Clinic Health System

At Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, our team of OB-GYN experts cares for women in all stages of life, from adolescent to pregnancy to menopause.

If you are ready to start or grow your family, we are here to help — from pre-pregnancy planning to delivery and postpartum care. When it comes to pregnancy, thinking ahead can give you and your baby the best possible beginning.  In addition to offering traditional prenatal care, our team also supports the Mayo Clinic OB Nest program, an innovative, prenatal care program that allows patients to connect with their provider from the comfort of their own home.

When it’s time for the birth of your baby, the Family Birth Center is equipped to provide care during labor, delivery, and recovery.  A newborn nursery, a level II nursery and a cesarean birth operating room are also located within the Family Birth Center. The Family Birth Center team takes the time to listen to you and answer questions about nutrition, baby care, infant massage, breastfeeding, car seat safety and much more.

Our team also offers a wide range of gynecological services to women of all ages; from well-woman checkups, annual exams and contraceptive management to specialized surgical procedures.

We view our role in women’s health as a partnership – helping you understand the options available – so you can make decisions that fit your lifestyle.

Cultivate Mankato

Cultivate Mankato is a child care center located in vibrant downtown Mankato, MN. We seek to create opportunities for children to engage with their community and create meaningful relationships that cultivate a sense of belonging. Through this framework, our goal is to provide an environment for children to build relationships of mutual caring and respect while exploring the world around them through play-based learning. We provide high quality full-time and part-time child care for children 6 weeks through the age of 5. We establish nurturing and connected relationships with children, intentionally grow communities that support children and families, and empower families with tools and resources they need to ensure their child is receiving the best care. It is our goal to find and implement child care solutions that meet the needs of our families. Through our sister company, Cultivate Mankato Services, we offer back-up and drop-in care. 

The Green Stork Doula and Lactation Services

Congratulations on this pregnancy!  At The Green Stork we have a passion for birth and a stronger passion for supporting you in your ideal birth and postpartum experience.  Stephanie, Nichole and Shawnee are here to inspire, empower, educate, and support you throughout the entire childbearing year.  Attending births and educating couples in the Greater Mankato area since 2011.  Birth your way with our full support.

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