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Women and children's services
Unique health care services for women
Mercy Hospital is dedicated to providing the best in comprehensive and coordinated health care services for women and their families.
Throughout the various stages of a woman's life, we provide exceptional health care designed specifically for addressing a woman's lifelong health care needs.
In addition to providing quality medical services and the latest in treatment options, we place an emphasis on creating healthy lifestyles and in helping women prevent illnesses. With screenings, disease prevention programs, early detection and diagnostic services, treatment and education - we provide a full range of services and programs to assist women with their personal health care goals.
Our women's health care services are easily accessible and provided by a variety of health care professionals in a respectful, comfortable and supportive environment. Our physicians, nurses and other health care professionals listen carefully to your concerns and provide you with information on all of your care options so that you can make the most informed medical decisions.
Family birth center
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Choosing a hospital for the birth of your baby is a big decision. The Family Birth Center at Mercy Hospital provides comprehensive birth services in a comfortable, responsive, family-centered environment - right in your neighborhood.
We are committed to making your birth experience as natural, safe and joyful as it can be. We deliver more than 2,500 babies each year, yet every birth is a precious and unique experience.
We're honored to be a part of this special time in your life
We understand that the quality of care you receive during the birthing experience is essential for you and your baby's health as well as your emotional well-being.
Your care team is highly trained to provide delivery, post-partum and newborn care for you and your baby throughout your time here.
While you are here
The Mercy Family Birth Center is an exceptional place for your family to begin. We are flexible in meeting every mother's personal wishes.
Labor and delivery
At the birth center, you experience labor and deliver your child in the same private room. Family members and visitors are welcome to join you, and you are encouraged to rest and learn about your new baby.
After recovery, you are transferred to a private room in the family-centered care unit.
You are welcome to keep your new baby with you as much as you like. However, if you would like some private time, the nursery is available to care for your baby.
If you or your baby need specialized care
Most women have uncomplicated pregnancies and births and take healthy babies home. However, we are prepared to handle complications. Premature babies receive specialized care in the level II nursery, where parents are encouraged to spend as much time as they'd like with their baby.
Special Care Nursery - Level II
Physicians with The Minnesota Neonatal Physicians, P.A. at Minneapolis Children's Hospital are available in the special care nursery at Mercy Hospital. They collaborate with our neonatal nurse practitioners who are available 24 hours a day and provide care or consulting for many of the babies admitted to the special care nursery.
If your infant requires more intensive care, your baby can be transferred to Children's Hospitals in Minneapolis, which is recognized as one of the top neonatal programs by US News and World Report. When babies are ready, they can be transferred back to Mercy Hospital's Level II nursery until they can go home.
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.
Mothers (or support persons) of babies delivered at Mercy Hospital can leave a message at 763-236-7430 about their breastfeeding concerns. Calls are returned and questions answered by a lactation educator. In addition, outpatient appointments with a lactation nurse can be scheduled by calling 763-236-7430.
The doctors, nurses and caregivers at the Mercy Family Birth Center are your partners in your exciting journey of pregnancy and birth. We're committed to helping make your birth experience positive and meaningful.
Specialized care for women with high-risk pregnancies
If you are interested in our services, your primary care provider can refer you for testing and consultation with our maternal fetal specialists.
We offer personalized care and consultation, monitoring and treatment of pregnancy complications. If your primary care physician believes that your pregnancy may carry a higher degree of risk than most, we will work with you and your physician to promote the healthiest possible pregnancy and birth.
Specialized, experienced staff
Highly specialized professional experience and skills, state-of-the-art equipment and open communication with you and your doctor are key elements of our service. We also understand your unique emotional needs and value your comfort and peace of mind.
Our professional staff includes:
Consultation and care
Our maternal fetal specialists/perinatologists provide the following services, with information and recommendations clearly communicated to you and your primary physician:
Families may be concerned about the potential for birth defects, genetic disorders or other medical problems during the pregnancy. These concerns are often due to maternal age, family history, exposures, ancestry or other issues. Consulting with our genetic counselors may help clarify these risks and the available options to address them. Genetic counselors can:
Our ultrasound practice is accredited by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. Using state-of-the-art equipment, our team of sonographers and maternal fetal specialists provides detailed analyses of targeted pregnancy ultrasounds.
For more information
If you are interested in perinatal services, please discuss it with your primary care clinic and ask that they refer you by calling 763-236-7430.
Mercy Hospital Pediatric Surgery video transcript
I’m getting pretty good at this! It just takes a lot of practice. But I know a place where they’re even better at surgery than I am. Mercy Hospital! In fact, My parents just took me there for an operation. At first I was a little scared. But everyone at Mercy took really good care of me and wanted me to get better! I’ll tell you a little about it, just in case you’re going to have an operation.
The first place we went was the registration area, where my parents talked with a lady about insurance and other stuff like that. They had my parents sign some forms. Next, we went to the surgery waiting area so that the doctors and nurses knew we were there. Then we went in the back, and I changed into a hospital gown while my parents talked with a nurse about my operation. They have some fun stuff to play with, but you can bring your own toy if you want. The doctor then came out and talked with my parents more about the operation. He was really nice!
Then when I went into surgery, my parents went back to the waiting room. But it’s not far away, and there are lots of people to take care of you while your parents wait.
Before your surgery, you breathe some gas to help you go to sleep. But you get to pick your own flavor, and it smells really good. I picked Dr. Pepper, but they have other flavors, like bubble gum or cherry.
When I woke up from surgery I was in a different place, but there was a nurse there to take care of me. She asked me how if I felt and if I had any pain. I didn’t remember the surgery at all.
After a little while, they took me to another recovery area where I got to see my parents. The nurses there gave me something to drink and made sure I was still doing okay. We didn’t have to wait too long, and then I was able to get dressed and get ready to go home.
I was only at the hospital for a day, but if you have to stay overnight they have some really cool hospital rooms. You can bring your own toys and games, but they have lots of fun stuff to play with. Your parents can even sleep there with you.
Mercy has some really special doctors—just for kids—who are always at the hospital, day or night.
Well, that’s about it. I had my operation, and you can too. Like I said, I was a little nervous—and so were my parents! But the doctors and nurses answered all their questions, and they took really good care of me. I felt a lot better, and so will you.
Specialized care for infants, children and teens
When your child is sick or injured, you want the very best medical care available. Mercy Hospital provides a full array of health care and attention in a caring and nurturing environment.
With pediatric specialists in cardiology and neurology, neonatologists and neonatal nurse practitioners - as well as a variey of other health professionals experienced in working with children and their families - our focus is on making infants and children feel safe and secure. Our goal is to coordinate services and treatment for hospitalized children with their community pediatricians and family practice physicians.
Caring for kids: Pediatric hospitalist services
Mercy Hospital is the only Twin Cities suburban community hospital to provide pediatric hospitalists 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
What is a pediatric hospitalist?
A pediatric hospitalist is a board-certified physician who is specially trained to care for children while they are in the hospital.
A team of pediatric hospitalists (link this to photos at bottom of page) at Mercy are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to evaluate and care for children. They treat a variety of medical conditions including infections, breathing problems, dehydration and fevers. Parents are updated frequently while their child is hospitalized. The pediatric hospitalists work hand-in-hand with a child's primary care physician to coordinate care and consult on the best methods of treatment.
Children, their parents and referring physicians all benefit from around-the-clock care by Mercy's team of pediatric hospitalists:
Mercy Hospital provides comprehensive gynecologic care by physicians and staff who are committed to serving women through all stages of their lives.
Many procedures that previously required inpatient care are now offered in an outpatient setting.
These may include microsurgery, laser surgery, laparoscopy, pelviscopy and laparoscopic-assisted hysterectomy.
If you need to stay overnight, nurses with expertise in women's health will care for you in a specially designed unit for women.
Breast care program
The breast care program at Mercy Hospital coordinates breast care services for women in our communities. Our team of health care professionals provides a range of services from routine screening examinations to the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Together, our health care team provides services and support to help women make informed decisions about breast care.
If your doctor has recommended major surgery as the best option for treating your condition, you may be a candidate for robotic-assisted surgery. It offers many potential benefits, including shorter hospital stays and a quicker return to daily activities.