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You wait months for your baby’s arrival. Mercy helps you make the most of your special moment. Our labor and birth suites feature warm, tasteful furnishings, a soothing décor and special comforts to help create a home-like birth experience. For your peace of mind and baby’s safety, your suite is just steps from St. Louis County’s most advanced Level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
Our spacious labor and birth suites offer:
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For parents-to-be who’d like a spontaneous, un-medicated birth, we offer two updated, low-intervention suites. Similar to the Mercy Birthing Center environment, these dedicated rooms feature a queen size bed with hotel-inspired linens, and extra room to move about during labor. Patients considering this program are encouraged to attend Natural Birth Preparation childbirth classes.
After delivery, your new family will move to a recently renovated room where you can recover and get to know your baby.
We’ll be there, too, to answer questions and offer tips on newborn care, like how to bathe or swaddle your baby. Certified lactation consultants are available to help you and your little one establish a good foundation for breastfeeding. Most moms choose to have their baby in their room throughout their visit. That way, your baby is always close by.
Your recovery room is designed for comfort with:
Congratulations! We’re honored to share this important time with you. Our childbirth classes in St. Louis are here to give you the knowledge and confidence you need before, during and after your baby’s birth.
Explore care & development classes for your newborn or toddler.
Hello Baby! Newborn Care Basics - Join us on a Saturday or Sunday for a fun and interactive class to prepare expectant parents for the first few months of caring for their baby.
Happiest Baby On the Block - Learn proven techniques for calming even the fussiest baby in this two-hour class. Attend before the birth or bring your baby to class within the first three weeks after birth.
Preparing for Multiple Blessings Three-week Series - Learn about the nuances of multiple pregnancies and giving birth, special considerations when caring for multiples and community resources.
Mercy Parents Connect (Free) - Bring your baby and connect with other new parents while learning current trends in baby care. This group meets on the first Saturday of the month and 3rd Wednesday of each month 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Mercy Hospital St. Louis.
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Mercy St. Louis provides a variety of class offerings for expecting parents, including preparation for labor and birth.
Labor & Birth Preparation Three-week Series - Expectant parents will gain confidence and feel better prepared to welcome their baby into the world by attending this program. Learn about common hospital birth practices, pain management options and spend time each week practicing labor support techniques.
Labor & Birth Preparation Express - This class is offered for expectant parents with busy schedules. Join us on a Saturday or Sunday for a shortened version of our labor and birth preparation class with less time spent practicing labor support techniques.
Labor & Birth Preparation Refresher - This class is perfect for expectant couples who have attended prenatal classes in the past and are preparing for the birth of another baby. Updates about labor and birth practices and labor support techniques will be presented.
Labor & Birth Preparation Online e-Class - Perfect alternative for busy couples and moms on pregnancy bed rest. Registration includes eight weeks of access to self-learning modules customized for women giving birth at Mercy.
Natural Birth Preparation Five-week Series - This class is essential for expectant couples who desire a low intervention birth without the use of epidural anesthesia. Women and their birth partners will gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to have a natural birth. Each class includes focused practice time to learn natural pain relief techniques and comfort measures.
Cesarean Birth Preparation - Expectant couples learn how to prepare and what to expect during a planned cesarean birth and postpartum recovery. A tour of the labor and birth peri-operative unit is included.
Labor & Birth, Newborn Care and Breastfeeding Package Six-week Series - This program combines our three most popular classes for first-time expectant parents into a convenient six-week series.
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Mercy Birthplace in St. Louis provides breastfeeding classes for expectant and nursing mothers.
Breastfeeding Basics: A Successful Start - This two-and-a-half-hour class is packed with valuable information and strategies for a successful start to breastfeeding in the first few days and weeks after the baby’s birth.
Breastfeeding with Confidence Group - This popular breastfeeding support group is offered weekly in several locations, including Mercy Hospital St. Louis, Mid Rivers and South County. Nursing mothers with their babies receive support and tips for successful breastfeeding from a registered nurse with specialized lactation training.
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Mercy Birthplace St. Louis provides maternity classes for grandparents, siblings and even pets!
Tiny Tot Siblings! - This 45-minute program, geared toward 2 - 3-year-olds, will help ease your little one into their new role of big brother or sister. Storytime, rules for holding a baby and a trip to the Mother-Baby Unit are included. Parents stay with their children during this class. Not recommended for children under age 2.
Super Star Siblings! - This class is geared toward 4 - 6-year-olds. Parents stay with their child during this one-hour class which includes fun activities, music, practice time holding a baby doll and a trip to the Mother-Baby Unit in St. Louis.
Awesome Older Siblings! - This class is for 7 - 12-year-olds where kids talk about their new role and learn basic newborn skills like holding and changing a baby’s diaper. A tour of the Mother-Baby Unit in St. Louis is included in this program.
Grandparenting Today - Wow how things have changed! Learn important updates about labor and birth, what’s new in baby care and making the most of your special role as a grandparent. This three-hour class includes a tour of our maternity center in St. Louis.
Preparing your Pet for the New Baby - A local veterinarian provides tips on how to prepare your beloved pet for the arrival of a new baby
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