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About Mercy Birthplace

It’s not about thousands of babies every year. It’s about one very special baby:Yours.

It’s the most personal thing in life. The birth of a child. Your child.

Delivering Birth Experiences

Warm, personalized attention – that’s what you’ll receive from the moment you arrive to when you and your little one go home.

Whether you want a quiet environment or both of your families by your side, everything we do is your choice, not ours. It’s called Family-Centered Care, and it’s a better kind of care – for you, your baby and your family.

Comfort & peace of mind

Amenities like these make you feel at home and comfortable:

Newborn Portraits by Read Photography

Locally well-known and respected photo studio, Read Photography, has long-partnered with the Birthplace to ensure your newborn's first photos are unforgettable.

Your baby's photo shoot will take place from the comfort of your birth suite in a discreet manner. You don't need to make an appointment or wait in a waiting room. The photo shoot will take less than 15 minutes of your time.

There are no sitting fees or obligations to purchase anything – just beautiful photos to mark your baby's arrival. Plus, if you so choose, Read and Mercy can work together to announce your baby's arrival to the community by displaying his or her photo, first name and date of birth on local digital billboards!

Visit for a sneak peek at what you can expect.

To respect your privacy, baby photos taken at Mercy are private. Once photos are taken, parents are given a username and password to log in and see their photos and to share with families.

For more information, please contact Read Photography at (319) 393-0547.

24-Hour Room Service

Babies come at all hours of the day and night. Especially if you have a long or tiring labor, you're going to be hungry after you deliver your new baby. And, you should be able to eat what you want when you want it!

Birthplace patients love our 24-hour room service and are pleasantly surprised that it's not your typical "hospital food":

  • "Excellent food! Great selection!"
  • "The meals were good & service was fast. Many options as well."

The Mercy Café offers a wide variety of menu items, which are made from scratch and incorporate fresh ingredients from local farmers. It is one of only 13 hospitals nationwide to receive patient satisfaction scores greater than 90% for more than six years straight!

Safety & Security

A state-of-the-art Hugs® Infant Protection System keeps your baby safe while you're at the Birthplace and NICU, which is also a locked unit. All visitors must check in individually with Birthplace staff prior to entry through two sets of locked doors.

Warm Cookies Daily

Warm, fresh cookies, cold milk and other afternoon snacks are delivered daily to your room at no charge.

Spacious Birth Suites

Spacious labor/recovery suites, as well as NICU suites, offer:

  • private bathrooms with whirlpool tubs
  • plenty of room for both mom and dad to sleep
  • space to host visits from family and friends
As always, if your baby needs extra care after you're discharged, there is no cost for you to stay with your baby.

Car Seat Safety

A certified car seat technician is on staff to ensure your car seat is properly installed. Learn more about car seat safety in the video below.

Mommy Massage

New mommies at the Birthplace enjoy a free, 15-minute, professional massage available Monday through Friday.

HALO SleepSack

Sweet Dreams

Safe sleep is as easy as A-B-C. Make sure everyone caring for your baby follows these safe sleep practices.