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For more information or a birth center tour, please call 763-236-8400.
Allina Health and Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota (Children's) announced they will grow their birthing center partnership by breaking ground on The Mother Baby Center at Mercy Hospital, part of Allina Health, in Coon Rapids, Minnesota.
We're honored to be a part of this special time in your life
Choosing a hospital for the birth of your baby is a big decision and we are delighted that you are considering Mercy as the place to deliver your baby. The Family Birth Center at Mercy Hospital provides comprehensive birth services in a comfortable, personalized and family-centered care environment - right in your neighborhood.
Our commitment to families
At the Family Birth Center at Mercy Hospital, mothers and newborns are cared for by doctors, nurses and other health care professionals that are committed to making your birth experience as safe and joyful as possible.
We have a Family Centered care philosophy that encourages and supports communication between patients, families and our staff and we will work together with you so that we can best meet your individual birth preferences.
What you will find:
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The Allina Health Home Health - Mother & Newborn program offers a number of services in the patients' home, like monitoring diabetes or preterm labor during pregnancy.
As well, OB Homecare nurses will visit new parents and newborns following delivery, giving them a chance to ask questions, ensure proper healing and ensure the baby is gaining weight.
Many services are covered by insurance, so patients are encouraged to check with their insurance plan.
Studies have shown that breastfeeding has many benefits for both infants and their mothers and is a healthier choice than formula feeding.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, breast milk improves resistance to infectious diseases, enhances the immune system, and provides nutritional growth and developmental benefits for babies. Mothers who breastfeed enjoy improved maternal health, less postpartum bleeding and have a reduced risk of ovarian and postmenopausal breast cancer. We would like to make your breastfeeding experience successful. Nurses and our internationally board-certified lactation consultants provide individualized counseling, information and support before, during and after your stay at Mercy Hospital. Breastfeeding resources include:
Mothers (or support persons) of babies delivered at Mercy Hospital can leave a message about their breastfeeding concerns by calling 763-236-7430. Calls are returned and questions answered by a Lactation Counselor. In addition, outpatient appointments with a lactation nurse can be made by calling 763-236-7430.
At the birth center, you experience labor and deliver your child in the same private room. Family members and visitors are welcome and we encourage having a support person(s) of your choice with you during labor to offer encouragement and support.
First hour of care/First feeding: The care during the first hour of your baby's birth is an important beginning to helping you to get to know each other.
Immediately after your baby is born, we encourage you to cuddle skin-to-skin with your baby. Whenever possible, we will place your baby on your chest or abdomen immediately after your baby is delivered. We will gently dry your baby off and place a blanket over you both to keep you warm and dry. Cuddling with your baby skin-to-skin has many benefits for both mother and baby. The benefits include:
During the first hour, your baby will have his or her first feeding. Whether you choose to breastfeed or feed your baby infant formula, the nurses in the Birth Center will provide you with education and expert support to get off to a good start.
Rooming-in: While you are with us in the Family Birth Center, we encourage you to “room-in” with your baby. Rooming-in keeps your baby where he or she feels safest, which is with you. We encourage another support person to stay with you as much as possible, and become involved in your baby's care.
Research supports that when babies room-in, they feed better, cry less, and lose less weight. Additionally, parents go home with more confidence in their ability to care for their baby as they have had more time getting to know their newborn. Research also shows that mothers who keep their babies with them at night actually have better-quality sleep than those whose babies are in the nursery between feedings.
It is important to remember that rooming-in may not always be possible. Sometimes, babies require closer monitoring that needs to conducted in the nursery. The goal is always to reunite mother and baby as soon as possible.
Our staff will work with you to manage your pain in the way that works best for you whether that be medication or complementary therapies, such as aromatherapy. We encourage movement through the use of the following.
Additionally, environmental changes such as soft lighting, music, focus points, and imagery can also be helpful. Please discuss your preferences with your care team.
After recovery, you are transferred to a private room in the Family Birth Center.
This free and ongoing group offers education and support for women who are experiencing or are at risk for postpartum depression. Mothers are invited to bring their babies to meetings. Postpartum Depression Support Group meeting locations: Minneapolis and West St. Paul
If you have further questions or concerns about your stay or caring for your baby at home, the Family Birth Center’s social worker can help you with emotional support, baby care items and financial resources from the community.
Birth Center care team
At the Family Birth Center at Mercy Hospital, mothers and babies have immediate access to highly trained experts.
Our doctors, nurses and other health care professionals are dedicated to providing individual and family-centered care.
For a birth center tour, or more information, please call 763-236-8400.
Whether this is your first baby or you are welcoming another addition to your family, you will find our classes helpful.
Classes are taught by Allina Health Parent Educators who are committed to prepare you for the birth experience here at Mercy Hospital. Our classes are offered to meet your needs, with weekday classes held in the evening or weekend classes.
All About Babies is for anyone interested in how to care for an infant. Topics include early childhood illnesses, bathing, diapering, holding, calming an infant, how to take a baby's temperature, safety concerns and much more.
Breastfeeding Preparation focuses on the benefits of breastfeeding, care of breast, positioning, "latching on," frequency, length of feedings, pumping, storing milk, returning home from the hospital and weaning. It is encouraged that your labor companion attends with you.
Childbirth and Parenting Prep is for first-time parents. The weekend express class and the weekly series include details on labor, birth, comfort measures, medical procedures, cesarean birth, role of labor companion, adjustment to parenting, newborn characteristics, medications and a tour of the Birth Center. It is recommended you complete your class no later than one month prior to your due date.
Expectant Fathers is designed only for fathers-to-be to attend. It includes topics of concern to new fathers such as fears about labor and birth, bonding with your newborn, common joys and problems during the transition to parenthood.
Infant Massage is for parents and for children from three weeks to four months old. Massage can help relax and soothe both you and your infant and/or child, deepen bonding and strengthen communication.
New Brother New Sister is for children ages two to ten whose parents are expecting a new baby. It includes play activities, an age appropriate birth video and discussion time. Bring a doll or stuffed animal to practice holding and diapering. You may wish to bring a camera. Parents must attend.
Refresher Childbirth and Parenting is for parents who have previously attended a childbirth class. It includes information on labor and birth, breathing and relaxation techniques, the role of the labor companion, medications and sibling relationships. It is recommended you complete your class no later then one month prior to your due date.
Breastfeeding: The Baby Café of Unity Hospital is place for pregnant and breastfeeding moms to stop by and gain support from a certified lactation consultant.
Postpartum Depression: This free and ongoing group offers education and support for women who are experiencing or are at risk for postpartum depression. Mothers are invited to bring their babies to meetings. Postpartum Depression Support Group meeting locations: Minneapolis and West St. Paul
We are honored to join each woman on her personal journey of pregnancy, birth and parenting.
For more information or a birth center tour, please call 763-236-8400.
The Family Birth Center is located on the 4th floor of Mercy Hospital in the East Tower.
You may enter the building through the East Tower main entrance and proceed directly to Mercy Family Birth Center on the 4th floor.
Between the hours of 9 p.m. and 7a.m. this entrance is closed. Patients must enter through the emergency room entrance and can follow signs directing them to the east tower elevators and to the Family Birth Center.