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Mercy Hospital

Women and children's services

Unique health care services for women


Women and children's services

We are honored to join each woman on her personal journey of pregnancy, birth and parenting.

For more information about the Family Birth Center, please call 763-236-8400.

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.

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.
For more information
call 763-236-8438.

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:

  • Maternal fetal specialists/perinatologists - obstetrician / gynecologists (OB/GYNs) who specialize in maternal-fetal medicine and fetal surgery. Services provided by Minnesota Perinatal Physicians
  • Genetic counselors - health professionals with masters' degrees in genetics with an emphasis in counseling
  • Neonatal nurse practitioners - registered nurses with specialized training who work with neonatologists
  • Skilled nurses - registered nurses with extensive experience in high-risk obstetrical nursing
  • Sonographers - registered ultrasound technologists with training to recognize well-being or signs of abnormalities in unborn babies
  • Pediatric cardiologists

Specialty services

Consultation and care

Our maternal fetal specialists/perinatologists provide the following services, with information and recommendations clearly communicated to you and your primary physician:

  • Consultation before pregnancy for women who have experienced a previous high-risk pregnancy
  • Diagnostic procedures such as amniocentesis, chromosome testing conducted in early pregnancy
  • Consultation, monitoring or treatment of the mother's medical conditions or pregnancy complications
  • Consultation with your primary care physician, available 24 hours a day
  • Detailed fetal anatomic exams done through ultrasound examination.
  • Antenatal testing

Genetic counseling

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:

  • Help interpret complex family histories
  • Review and select the most appropriate test
  • Help interpret genetic test results
  • Educate families and facilitate informed decision making about reproductive options, prenatal diagnostic and prenatal screening options, and preventative strategies.

Ultrasound diagnostics

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.

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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 variety 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 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:

  • Specialized, child-focused medical care
  • Answer parents' questions and address concerns quickly and efficiently
  • Comprehensive coordination of services provided to children - including radiology and lab services, surgery, medications and diagnostic procedures
  • Pediatric emergency department consultations
  • Established partnerships with community pediatricians and primary care physicians

After your child's hospital stay

Understanding and remembering all the information after your child has been discharged from the hospital can be confusing. MyChart provides online access once you get home to view your child's hospital visit summary, refill a prescription and more. You can also access your child's information until age 12.

You will need to sign up for MyChart before you can add a child to your account. If you already have a MyChart account, please fill out the Child Proxy Form.

Gynecology

Gynecology

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.

Robotic-assisted surgery

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.