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“Mercy Birthplace is prepared and ready for expecting moms. We have protocols in place for safe and healthy deliveries for moms and babies during this COVID 19 pandemic.” – Dr. Driscoll, OB/GYN Associates & Mercy Birthplace Medical Director& Dr. Ravisankar, Mercy Medical Center Neonatologist
Mercy is taking the highest level of precautions and following rigorous, CDC-recommended infection-prevention protocols in order to keep patients, families and healthcare providers safe. Learn more about our UV-C disinfection system, a second line of defense against germs and viruses. In addition, all staff are being screened daily and all staff and visitors wear masks. Mercy is well-equipped with all necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) for staff to care for and keep everyone safe.
Furthermore, Mercy has also converted some of its Birthplace & NICU suites to negative air pressure. This means that if we were to have a COVID-positive patient give birth at Mercy, we have a separate area to care for her and her baby.
For the health and safety of everyone, both community hospitals have restricted visitors. However, laboring moms/new moms may still have one support person during their hospital stay. At this time, your support person may come and go as needed, but will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms daily. For the safety of you and your baby, anyone with symptoms will not be allowed in the hospital.
Additionally, we know this is an important experience to share with family. So, Mercy has a tablet available for patients to borrow to video conference with loved ones so you can introduce your new baby to your family and friends.
Plus, Mercy Birthplace & NICU is one of only a few of its kind in the U.S. and is setting a new standard for care: 100% of Mercy’s Birthplace suites are equipped with NICU technology. This more patient-centered approach improves safety and allows both parents to stay with your newborn in one room for their entire stay – from labor and delivery to postpartum and NICU care. So, you don’t even need to leave your suite when you deliver at Mercy.
Yes! Mercy Birthplace is giving live video tours, and our childbirth education classes are pre-recorded and/or accessible via Zoom. Sign up for a video tour today or call Michelle at (319) 398-6344. During your tour, you’ll also learn more about how 100% of our Birthplace suites are equipped with NICU technology, which improves safety and allows you to stay with your newborn in one room for the entire stay – from labor and delivery to postpartum and NICU care, if needed.
It’s normal and understandable to have concerns, but don’t worry alone. Talk to your obstetrician or primary care provider. This is going to be a marathon not a sprint, and the coronavirus pandemic evolves regularly, so specific guidance may change daily. As a result, your questions may also change over time.
Fortunately, getting accurate information will help reduce your fear. For reliable information, check out the CDC’s guidance for obstetric care during COVID-19. The Birthplace is also available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer any questions you have. Remember, the sun will come up tomorrow, and you are going to experience the joy of having a baby!