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About the Birthing Center at Mercy Health Saint Mary's

There's no better place and no better start.

From the start of labor through delivery, recovery, and postpartum, there's no better place for you and no better start for your baby. At The Birthing Center at Mercy Health Saint Mary's, there are many options to make the entire experience as personal, individual and as comfortable as possible. Tell us about your wishes. We'll do everything we can to accommodate them. You simply won't find a more dedicated group of highly skilled obstetric nurses, doctors and staff to support you.

Comfortable Private Birthing Rooms

Our private birthing rooms are warm and inviting. We furnished them with many of the comforts of a bedroom at home. You'll appreciate your private bathroom equipped with your own whirlpool tub and shower. Should a special need arise, these furnishings also store advanced state-of-the-art medical equipment discretely out of sight. If a cesarean delivery is required, The Birthing Center also has a special suite, fully equipped to handle these procedures.

Every Option for Managing Labor

Nearly every mother-to-be in labor finds some labor and pain management techniques more beneficial than others. We have many medical and non-medical options to help you through your labor. Comforts like whirlpool baths, massages, dim lighting and other therapies offer relaxation. With the advice of your health care provider, you might decide an epidural or medication is best for you. We will do our best to offer whatever options provide the greatest comfort.

Your Special Delivery

With your health care provider, you decide what special plans to make for the delivery of your baby. We can help you make the occasion even more memorable and meaningful by including the father, special family members or a birthing coach. They can be a great source of personal comfort and emotional support for you. Whatever your ideas, share them with us.

Mother/Baby Care

Your newborn can stay in your room as often and as long as you wish. Rooming-in together is a great way for you and your baby to bond. When a moment to yourself is what you really need, you'll rest comfortably knowing your baby as the full attention of our dedicated registered nurses in a safe, secure, monitored nursery.

Starting in April 2014, all newborns in Michigan will undergo pulse oximetry screening to look for signs of critical congenital heart disease. The state Department of Community Health announced recently it would add the test to its screening program, which checks for 54 congenital disorders. Our Birthing Center has performed pulse oximetry screening on all newborns since August 2012. Read the full Mlive.com story >

The Highest Level of Neonatal Care

It's seldom that a newborn needs extra medical care, but it's reassuring to know that if your baby does, this area's highest level of neonatal care is right here. Mercy Health Saint Mary's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is a Level III facility, staffed with specially trained neonatal nurse practitioners. This specialized care includes the services of a neonatalogist, 24-hours a day.

Visiting Hours and Online Visits!

Family members are always welcome and may be with you and your baby as much as you wish. Others are invited to visit during scheduled visiting hours. For family and friends that can't be there in person, invite them to visit our online nursery. With your permission, we'll post your newborn's photo in our secure online nursery for all to enjoy.

Breastfeeding Support

According to the Centers for Disease Control, national breastfeeding rates are slowly increasing, from 73.8 percent of children being breastfed ever in 2007 to 75 percent in 2010. The Birthing Center at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s is working to meet the needs of women choosing to breastfeed. The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) and International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) have recognized our Birthing Center for excellence in lactation care.

We promote Skin to Skin contact for breastfeeding and bonding success. Lactation consultants are available to offer assistance to new mothers.

Watch a WZZM 13 video story featuring Mercy Health Saint Mary's joining other GR hospitals phasing out formula samples to promote breastfeeding: