Women & Children: Birthing and Newborns
Maternal and Newborn Center
Having a baby is one of the most important, life-changing events you will ever experience. These precious hours will be remembered for the rest of your life, so we do everything we can to provide the childbirth experience you desire. Each year, approximately 350 babies are born in our birthing unit, which focuses on a philosophy of family-centered care and keeping current with the most up-to-date care of our moms and babies.
The family-centered care you receive will help family members be involved in your labor and delivery and also be involved in the first hours of your child's life, to the extent that is safe for you and your baby. While you're here, you will have an opportunity to learn parenting skills to help enhance a healthy family life.
Mercy Maternal and Newborn Center Staff
Our obstetricians, family practice physicians and pediatricians will guide you in planning the labor and delivery of your baby. Your care is centered around prenatal, birth, postpartum, and neonatal care, as well as after you leave the hospital.
Our nursing staff and obstetricians are certified in maternal-fetal monitoring, perinatal continuing education, and are certified in neonatal resuscitation. Our experienced nursing staff and physicians guide women through the birthing experience with personalized care.
Childbirth Education Classes
When it is time to prepare for the birth of your baby, consider taking the childbirth education series. Expectant parents can prepare for the birth of their child during "Giving Birth in the 21st Century."
You will learn relaxation and breathing techniques, preparation for labor and delivery, exercises, and what to expect when you come to the hospital. A tour of the Maternal and Newborn Center is included. A pre-delivery visit will be scheduled when you reach between 36-37 weeks. This will include forms and paperwork that need to be signed, another tour, if desired, and a time to ask questions.
To register for any of the childbirth classes or for more information, call 989-348-0550.
Breastfeeding is natural, but a learned skill for both mother and newborn. There are very few moments more cherished than those spent during the quiet bonding while feeding your new baby. However, it is natural to have questions and concerns about this method. Mercy Health Grayling offers support and education for mothers who are preparing to breastfeed, whether it's their first or fifth time.
Breastfeeding for Healthy Mothers and Babies
The American Academy of Pediatrics identifies breastfeeding as the ideal method for feeding and nurturing infants. Breastfeeding also is important in achieving optimal infant and child health, growth, and development. Studies show babies who are breastfed for at least six months have fewer health problems than babies who are formula fed, including fewer infections, illnesses, and allergies.
Studies have found babies who are breastfed are likely to have:
- Decreased risk of asthma
- Fewer chronic digestive diseases
- Higher IQs
- Less risk of diabetes
- Lower incidence of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
Women who breastfeed also lower their risk of breast, ovarian, and uterine cancer, as well as osteoporosis.
To register for any of the breastfeeding classes or for more information, call 989-348-0550.
Visits from family members and special friends can be a meaningful part of your experience. Visiting hours are from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. to allow for you to rest and learn about caring for yourself and your baby. Because of frequency of childhood illnesses, the only children under 12 who may visit are the baby's siblings. Please remind visitors not to visit if they have any symptoms of a cold, flu, or other illness. All visitors should be reminded to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before holding the baby. A maximum of four (4) support people will be allowed to accompany the mother during labor and delivery, this includes the father of the baby.
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