Welcome to the Mercy Birthing Center Midwifery Care at Mercy Hospital St. Louis. Mercy recognizes that many women are looking for a natural childbirth experience with midwives, so we opened the Mercy Birthing Center Midwifery Care, the area’s first in-hospital low-risk birthing center managed by certified nurse midwives.
Our first baby was born on opening day, Labor Day, 2014. Since then, we have helped deliver more than 1,000 babies at Mercy Birthing Center Midwifery Care.
The Birthing Center is on the first floor of the hospital, next to the Children’s Tower elevators. The four birthing suites are decorated in warm, beautiful colors, creating a calming ambience, resembling bedrooms in your home. Each suite has a queen-size bed, showers and large tubs for labor.
The Birthing Center also includes a central living room area for family members, a kitchen, a large room for natural childbirth classes and a separate clinical area where you will visit your midwife each month of your pregnancy to prepare for your natural birth. You may want to view our Virtual Tour of the Mercy Birthing Center. Our holistic approach to pregnancy includes prenatal massage provided by a licensed massage therapist.
If you are looking for a natural childbirth experience, we offer childbirth classes for you and your partner to learn more about it. You’ll also be encouraged to take nutrition and fitness classes at the Birthing Center to help you prepare throughout your pregnancy. View available dates and times of all our birthing center classes. View a list of all maternity classes offered at Mercy Hospital St. Louis.
The Birthing Center offers women a home-like birth, with high touch and low intervention. Certified nurse midwives help women deliver their babies in a more natural environment. Doulas and family members are welcome to be part of the birthing experience. We have several offerings for moms seeking a more natural childbirth:
We also offer prenatal and postpartum care, early newborn care, lactation services and well women care at our Weldon Spring location.
The Mercy Birthing Center Midwifery Care is run by midwives with masters and doctoral degrees - all certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB). They attend your baby's birth and provide prenatal care, postpartum care and early newborn care. You will receive the same testing opportunities, such as genetic screening and ultrasound, as you would with a physician. In the event of a medical need, our nurse midwives collaborate with Mercy obstetricians. If you need to transfer to our regular Labor and Birth suites during your labor, your nurse midwife with will go with you upstairs and continue your care.
Most mothers and babies go home with their families four to 12 hours after giving birth and return the next day for follow-up care, or move to a Mother/Baby room for a tradition 1-2 day stay. We also offer a 1-day postpartum stay in our birthing center suites (based on room availability). We will check on both of you after you go home. Your baby receives the same testing after birth that all newborn babies receive at Mercy.
The cost of this type of natural birth is similar to a traditional birth, and it is covered by most insurance plans. We also have self-pay options for those without health insurance.
Find out more about our guidelines for a low-risk birth at Mercy Birthing Center.
For more information on Mercy Birthing Center Midwifery Care, please call 314-251-7955 or contact the program director, Elizabeth Cook, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us at a Meet and Greet Open House session on one of the dates below. You’ll meet our midwives, tour the center and be able to register for classes especially created for our Mercy Birthing Center Midwifery Care families. We also offer private tours daily. To schedule a private tour, please call us at 314.251.7955.
July 8 at 5 p.m.
July 23 at 5 p.m.
August 5 at 5 p.m.
August 27 at 5 p.m.
September 9 at 5 p.m.
September 24 at 5 p.m.
October 7 at 5 p.m.
October 22 at 5 p.m.
November 4 at 5 p.m.
November 19 at 5 p.m.
December 4 at 5 p.m. (Christmas Party and Meet-the-Doulas Event)
December 16 at 5 p.m.
Our Mercy Birthing Center Director, Elizabeth Cook, was recently interviewed by Blythe Bernhard of the Post Dispatch as part of a series of podcasts about hot topics for pregnant moms. Please click on the links below to see what Elizabeth had to say:
Dr. Cook was recently interviewed on Parenting Resources tv (PRtv) on an episode focusing on the rise of women choosing birth centers over traditional hospital births. Click on the link below to view the episode:
The Mercy Birthing Center is now offering prenatal massage for pregnant moms. A Birthing Center nurse, who is an experienced licensed massage therapist and certified in prenatal massage, provides the massages to our pregnant moms. Offering prenatal massage adds another service to the holistic approach to pregnancy and birth experienced by our moms in the Birthing Center.
Studies show that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can be beneficial in reducing anxiety, decreasing symptoms of depression, relieving muscle aches and joint pain, and improving labor outcomes and newborn health.
Swedish massage is the primary type of massage used for pregnant moms. The primary goal of prenatal massage is to relax muscle tension and improve lymph and blood flow. Other techniques can be incorporated into the massage session, such as lymphatic drainage to decrease swelling or hot stones to assist in relieving back pain. After the first trimester or when it is no longer comfortable for mom to rest on her back or her stomach, the side- laying position with the use of special bolsters and/or birthing balls may allow for a more comfortable position during the massage.
Patients are asked to come in 15 minutes before their first sessions to fill out paperwork and a health history. The patient’s health history will be updated before each massage to rule out any contraindications or a need for a release from the primary care provider.
To make a prenatal massage reservation, please call: 314-251-7955
Mercy Birthing Center has a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) on staff and offers car seat inspections. CPS technicians perform child safety seat checks and provide hands-on assistance to parents for the proper installation of child restraint systems and car seats.