Mercy Health Cadillac
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Services

Women & Children

Birth Center

At Mercy Hospital Cadillac's Maternal/Child Birth Center, we tend to the needs of you and your newborn during those first special days with top-notch care and gentle support. Our center offers excellence in medical and technical support, ensuring a strong beginning for your baby.

In our renovated Family Birth Center, labor, delivery, postpartum and recovery (LDRP) take place in one room. With over 300 births each year, we continue to provide the highest quality obstetrical services.

The Family Birth Center's general visitation hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. We recognize the unique benefits of the patient's support system during labor. Visitation for patients that are in labor allows for the visitor to stay extended hours. The Family Birth Center provides visitation guidelines upon admission to the department.

Our Providers:

Sarah Helm, DO

     


Andrea McSwain, DO

     

Nelson Pou, MD

Mercy OB/GYN Partners
7985 Mackinaw Trail
Cadillac, MI 49601  Map & Directions

Care Options

The family-centered maternity care at our hospital allows you to keep your baby with you in your room. Your nurses will support, teach, demonstrate and help you and your family learn more about the following:

  • Bathing, dressing and feeding your infant
  • Safety, health and wellness
  • Understanding your baby's emotional and developmental needs·

We also offer free hearing screenings for all newborns, and breastfeeding support programs for all new moms.

More About Hearing Screenings

About one in every 200 newborns has a hearing loss that can affect speech and language development. Hearing loss in newborn babies can easily be detected by our simple screening test.

While in a natural sleep soon after birth, a baby's hearing can be checked using special computerized equipment. The screening test is painless and takes just a few minutes. In fact, most babies sleep through the entire procedure.

All babies with hearing loss can be helped. Once a hearing impairment is confirmed, services should begin as soon as possible.

More About Breastfeeding

The American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended breastfeeding as the preferred method of nourishing an infant throughout its first year of life. If you choose to breastfeed, we offer a class including prenatal preparation and return-to-work breastfeeding support. Additionally, the Family Birth Center is equipped with a Breastfeeding Boutique where you can purchase or rent items like over-the-shoulder nursing slings, breast pumps and supplies.

OB Education and Support

We offer classes and workshops that address issues relevant to expecting parents. Offerings include:

Childbirth Education
Similar to Lamaze, these courses are held in six weekly sessions. Simple and safe techniques are emphasized to promote comfort during pregnancy, labor and postpartum. Daytime and evening classes are available year-round. Call 231-876-7403 to find a class that meets your needs. Refresher courses are also available.

Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding basics are taught in one separate session. Once the breastfeeding process begins, lactation instructors are available for personal consultation. Call 231-876-7403 to schedule.

Car Seat Safety Class
Learn proper techniques for installing a car seat

Which child safety seat is "the best" for my child? Which child safety seat is escape-proof? How can I install the safety seat securely? The Car Seat Safety class is a class that will answer all of these commonly asked questions regarding infant/child seat safety by a certified car seat technician. If you are an expectant parent or already a parent of a child 0 to 8 years of age, this class is for you.

Classes are one night only from 7–8:30 p.m. This class is free to the community. Pre-registration is required. If you would like more information or would like to register, please call the Family Birth Center at 231-876-7403.

"Baby Steps" Perinatal Support Group

Did you know that emotional and psychological distress is the #1 complication of pregnancy and childbirth? We offer a support group for mothers experiencing emotional difficulties during pregnancy and after giving birth.

  • Learn about perinatal mood and anxiety disturbances and what you can do to help yourself
  • Break the silence by connecting with other moms with similar experiences
  • Dispel "myths of motherhood" and identify your strengths
  • Support your recovery process
  • Become more aware of community resources available to mothers and their families

Day and evening support groups are offered:

  • Evening group: 7–8:30 p.m. every 4th Tuesday of the month
  • Morning group: 10-–11:30 a.m. every 4th Friday of the month

Location: Missaukee Room, 1st Floor, Mercy Hospital Cadillac

For more information call: Mercy Hospital Community Outreach Office at 231-876-7360

Newborn Photography Services

A photographer is on call every day to offer you and your newborn their first photo shoot. For more information, please call 231-876-7403.