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Natural Birth

Your Guide to Natural Birth

Natural Birth Guide

Every birth is unique, every baby is a miracle

The birth experience does not necessarily mean being attached to a monitor, getting an epidural and lying flat on your back. There is an option to have a more natural experience. Think queen-sized beds and a warm, homey feel. Think walking around, soaking in a jet tub and eating while in labor.

If you're considering natural birth, Mercy's guide can help you decide what's right for you. Our guide includes, but is not limited to:

  • Finding a midwife or physician to provide adequate safety and support
  • The labor and birthing process
  • Safety for mom and baby
  • Preparing your mind and body for childbirth and more

The following guide provides you with information you need when deciding if a natural birth is right for you.


How we’re keeping moms and babies safe.

Rest assured, Mercy is following all guidelines to provide the safest care for pregnancy, childbirth and beyond. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we’re screening patients and visitors at hospital entrances, isolating patients who test positive for the virus, allowing only one support partner for childbirth (doula policies vary by location), and limiting visitors at our hospitals and outpatient facilities.

In addition, all Mercy caregivers must pass daily screenings and use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) while on duty. Mercy also supports the early-discharge recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists when both mother and baby are healthy.

The safety of our patients and caregivers has been, and always will be, our priority. We follow strict standards for disinfecting, required masking for patients, visitors and co-workers, and social distancing. Please do your part by following these and other CDC guidelines.

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