ST. LOUIS – The interest and response to the Mercy Birthing Center Midwifery Care, the area’s first in-hospital low-risk birthing center operated by certified nurse midwives, has exceeded expectations. The center opened on Labor Day, Sept. 1, 2014, and recently welcomed its 500th baby.
Baby Lena, born Thursday, April 6, takes the honor of being the 500th baby born at the Mercy Birthing Center. Parents Laura and Ben Labovitz, of Clayton, are doing well. The family was presented a basket of goodies from the Mercy Hospital Gift Shop when they returned for baby Lena’s 24-hour checkup and newborn hearing screening.
“It seems like just yesterday we welcomed our 100th baby and now Lena is our 500th bundle of joy,” said Elizabeth Cook, certified nurse midwife and director of the Mercy Birthing Center Midwifery Care. “It’s obvious we’re meeting a need for women in the St. Louis area.”
Listening to patients has helped the Center be successful. For example, after hearing from patients, the midwives began offering gynecology services to patients and women of childbearing age interested in midwifery care last fall.
“Women who had care with us during their pregnancies were continuously asking to stay for care after babies arrived,” Cook recalled. “Now, they can. Even if they haven’t yet had a baby with us but are of childbearing age, we can care for them.”
For more information on Mercy Birthing Center, please call 314-251-7955.