Empowering Women & Their Families Throughout the Childbirth Process
Childbirth is one of life’s most special moments. You deserve to have a voice in the care you and your baby receive at every step along the way.
At Mercy Medical Center, we are your partner in childbirth and will value your wishes before, during, and after labor, giving you as many choices as possible. We strive to give you the birth experience you want, which may include:
- Developing your own birth plan.
- Receiving as little intervention as possible.
- Skin-to-skin contact in delivery and the operating room.
- Different labor and birthing positions.
- Telemetry monitors for walking during labor.
- Wearing your own clothing.
- Innovative techniques and accessories during labor, including hydrotherapy, peanut balls, birthing balls, and more.
- Delayed cord clamping.
- Delayed newborn bath, which helps with thermal regulation, blood sugar stability, and nursing.
- Focus on the Golden Hour immediately after birth, giving your baby the best progression to life outside the womb.
- Swaddling blankets and sleep sacks.
- Full-time lactation consultant who offers free breastfeeding guidance and consultation before and after discharge.
If you’re not sure about your choices during childbirth, we’re here to help and will explain your options.
Mercy accepts most insurance plans, including Aultcare. View list of plans >>
Low C-section Rates, OB/Gyns Available 24/7
At Mercy, there are many things that set our childbirth center apart. We currently have a primary C-section rate that’s significantly lower than 20 percent, which is the average in Ohio. We also don’t have residents. If your physician is unavailable, we offer an in-house OB/Gyn who is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, along with bedside/direct nursing care.
Recognition, Awards, and Initiatives
Mercy Maternity Services is a designated Anthem BlueCross BlueShield BlueDistinction Center for Maternity Care and the only Three Star Hospital in Stark County, Ohio, in the First Steps for Healthy Babies program, an initiative of the Ohio Hospital Association and Ohio Department of Health to recognize hospitals for their work on maternity care practices to support breastfeeding.
Stark County has one of the highest infant mortality rates in Ohio, and Mercy has taken a leadership role in infant mortality prevention through community outreach, safe sleep training for mothers, and distribution of the Halo® SleepSack®, a wearable blanket that replaces loose blankets in the crib that can cover a baby’s face and interfere with breathing.
The Golden Hour
The biggest challenge for your baby after birth will be learning to control body temperature, heart rate, and breathing. At Mercy, we provide the Golden Hour, an opportunity for the best progression to life outside of the womb for your baby.
After birth (or, if you choose to have your newborn bathed immediately, after drying), we will place your baby under your gown so he is resting between your breasts, over your heart. As baby listens to your heart beat and recognizes your smell, she quickly calms. This is called skin-to-skin transition. A decrease in crying lowers your baby’s stress level, which slows his breathing and heart rate.
The warmth of your body will raise your baby’s temperature and keep her warm. Baby’s blood sugar level will be higher because he is not having to use energy to stay warm and is not crying. We would like your baby to remain skin-to-skin until after the first breastfeeding. Breastfeeding babies tend to nurse better if they are able to nurse in the first hour or so after birth. If you are formula feeding, we will keep baby skin-to-skin for 30-60 minutes.
For mothers, immediate skin-to-skin contact provides a better release of mothering hormones, which help control bleeding after delivery by contracting your uterus. These same mothering hormones improve bonding, giving you quiet first minutes together as a new family.
Rooming in is encouraged at Mercy for continued bonding between you and your baby, but we also have a nursery available at all times.
Neonatal Special Care Nursery
Mercy Maternity Services is a Level II facility and can handle all mother-baby emergencies. For babies born at 32 weeks or greater who need a higher level of care, Mercy offers a Special Care Nursery and neonatology on call around the clock. If your baby must be in the Special Care Nursery, Mercy provides Kangaroo chairs for skin-to-skin contact.
Skilled Compassionate Staff
Our most cherished asset is our staff. Whether your labor is short or long, delivery is vaginal or c-section, you choose an epidural or to deliver natural, our nurses are here to help support you every step of the way. This compassion is what makes Mercy’s nurses remembered long after the birth of your baby.
Your Private Room
Mercy’s private rooms provide a comfortable environment for you to labor and deliver your baby. All technical equipment and skilled personnel are in the same room throughout the childbearing process. All delivery rooms have a home-like atmosphere with all the equipment needed to make your birthing experience everything that you expect it to be. After delivery, you’ll move to a private postpartum room for the remainder of your stay. Each postpartum room provides a private bathroom with a shower, a flat screen TV, and space for family and friends.
Family-centered Maternity Care
The relaxed, home-like atmosphere of our delivery and postpartum rooms is an ideal environment to promote family-centered maternity care. The baby’s father or your support person is encouraged to be with you throughout the birth experience. Following the birth, we urge you to involve other members of the family including siblings and grandparents. Mercy Maternity Services has a family waiting room so your relatives and friends can wait comfortably for the new baby to arrive.
Breastfeeding Support at Mercy and at Home
Mercy Medical Center has certified lactation consultants available to all breastfeeding mothers. The goal of our lactation consultants is to help you meet your personal breastfeeding goals, while having a positive and rewarding experience.
The support doesn’t end when you leave the hospital. Mercy offers a free consultations after discharge and a free, weekly breastfeeding support group. Led by a certified lactation consultant, the meetings offer weekly baby weight checks, discussion about breastfeeding challenges and support from other breastfeeding mothers. Mercy also offers the opportunity to rent or purchase electric breast pumps.
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- Perinatal consultation
- Prenatal diagnosis
- Prenatal ultrasound examination
- Genetic counseling
Whether you’re trying to get pregnant or just found out you’re expecting, Mercy Medical Center offers a number of educational classes for you and your family. For more information about any of the following classes, please call 330-489-1329.
- Traditional (prepared), express, and Cesarean childbirth classes
- Childbirth center tours
- Tike Hike Tour, offered at select times throughout the year for your baby’s siblings
- Breastfeeding class
- Baby basics
- Natural family planning
Grandma and grandpa can’t wait to see the newest member of the family? Now they don’t have to. As a service to new parents, we offer Mercy Web Babies. Parents who deliver their babies at Mercy have the OPTION of posting their new family member’s picture on the Mercy website for out-of-town relatives and friends to see. The site only lists the baby and mother’s first name and middle initial to protect privacy.
Online Pregnancy Center
Mercy also offers an interactive pregnancy resource center on our website. Find out your due date, see the development of your baby each week, plan for the baby’s arrival, learn more about special care pregnancies and much more.
If you’re looking for a physician in obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, internal medicine or any other specialty, view our online directory or call Mercy Physician Referral at 330-489-1333 or 1-800-223-8662.