We’re pleased to announce that St. Anthony's Medical Center Labor and Birth joined Mercy Clinic effective October 1, 2018. This is an exciting time for our organizations and for health care in the St. Louis area. All participating St. Anthony’s providers, co-workers and office locations will be integrated into Mercy to provide expanded services and better coordination of your care and wellness.
Starting to plan for a family or already pregnant? Mercy Birthplace – South offers a full array of services for women and families considering pregnancy or preparing for the birth of a child. From natural family planning to childbirth classes and specialized services for high-risk pregnancies, we offer the skilled, compassionate care you want and the information you need.
Depending upon how you want to deliver your child, we provide:
If you would like to ensure that your plan for the birth of your child is followed, fill out and submit a birth plan.
After your child is born, you will be able to relax, recover and meet with family and friends in our private post-partum rooms. There, Mercy Birthplace - South features a Mother/Baby Care Model, in which one registered nurse is dedicated to taking care of both mom and newborn until you go home. By having one nurse, families have an easy and rapid way to get questions answered, thereby reducing anxiety. Infants typically stay the entire time in the same room, promoting 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.
Our OB Nurse Navigator will also connect with you in the Family Birth Center if you are scheduled to have or have had an induction or Cesarean section.
Before you go home, we want to celebrate the birth of your new child by offering a free celebratory dinner. You can choose either a quiet dinner with your spouse/birth partner or elect a fun, family-style option to include your newborn’s siblings.
Mercy Birthplace - South is a nationally certified Safe Sleep Hospital. We are committed to educating new parents and caregivers about safe sleep habits. We’ll also send you home with a complimentary Halo® Sleep Sack for your baby. The Sleep Sack should be used instead of any blankets or bedding in your baby’s crib to ensure safe sleep.