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Birthplace Patient Stories

Read about the experiences of some of our patients.

Welcoming Walter

Baby Walter

While many were preparing holiday celebrations last December, Marla and Nic Berry were preparing for the birth of their first child – a son. Right on time, 30-year-old Marla went into labor at home in the early morning hours of Christmas Eve. Read more on page 8.

Born to be Buddies

Birthplace Buddies

A chance meeting in a Mercy Birthplace
prenatal class led to several family friendships that have endured for more than 13 years. Read more. 

Happy Endings

The Shebek Family

Sarah Shebek was looking forward to her baby’s arrival last October. But the baby’s birth was not without complications. The Shebeks credit the excellent care by Birthplace and NICU staff with keeping their baby safe. Read more.

Family's 12th Baby Arrives on 12-12-12

12th Baby

A baby girl has entered the world at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, IA, with a number that will follow her for all of her life. Regina Marie was born just before 12 (11:41 p.m.) on 12-12-12, the 12th child to Mike & Jeanne Smith. Watch now. From KCRG TV-9, December 13, 2012

Twins x2

Two sets of twins

The Mercy Birthplace had a double dose of excitement when two sets of twins were born September 18, 2011. Read more.

Eleven is Heaven

The Smith Family

Jeanne and Mike Smith are the biggest fans of Mercy’s Birthplace that the hospital has ever had – if you measure their enthusiasm by the number of babies born to one family in the Birthplace. Read more.

Michelle Altmaier

 Hi, I'm Michelle!

Your personal guide to Mercy’s Birthplace during the most exciting time of your life.

Dr. Roger Allen

The area's most experience

Fortunately, very few babies ever require specialized care. However, should your baby need it, your baby will be in good hands with neonatologist Dr. Roger Allen.