You wait months for your baby’s arrival. Mercy helps you make the most of your special moment. As partners in your baby's birth, our dedicated labor and delivery team welcomes your little one with respect for your personal preferences, and with care that's tailored to your needs. Read about your options in our Mercy Birth Experience Guide. Then complete your birth plan and share your preferences with your OB or family medicine doctor several months or weeks before your baby's birth. When the time arrives, be sure to bring your birth plan with you to share with the labor and birth nursing staff.
Interested in a maternity class at Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas? Our experts help you through every stage of your pregnancy – before, during and after your child’s birth.
Our comfortable, private labor and delivery rooms offer:
Doula-friendly environment – we offer a friendly, accepting environment if you wish to bring a doula (non-medical labor coach) to assist you before, during and after childbirth.
Epidural anesthesia - If you opt to have an epidural for pain relief during labor, one of our certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) is available around the clock and will coordinate with your obstetrician to optimize the time to receive an epidural. A board-certified anesthesiologist is also available in the hospital at all times.
Scheduled inductions/Cesarean sections – we will collaborate directly with your obstetrician for a scheduled induction or C-section.
After delivery, your new family will move to a private postpartum room where you can recover and get to know your baby.
We’ll be there as well to answer questions and offer tips on newborn care, such as how to bathe or swaddle your baby. Most moms choose to have their baby in their room throughout their visit, which promotes better bonding and more opportunities to feel comfortable with taking care of your infant before you leave.
During your stay, one of our certified lactation consultants will stop by to discuss the benefits of breastfeeding, help you learn how to position your baby, and show you how to use a breast pump, if desired. She’ll also answer any questions or concerns you may have. You are always welcome to call our lactation consultants even after you go home or schedule time to return for a free onsite consultation if you have continued breastfeeding concerns.
Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) offers exceptional care for premature infants. Our current 10-bed Level IIIA NICU is expanding to accommodate 19 beds, staffed by a team of neonatologists, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, therapists, a case manager, and pastoral care and lactation consultants.