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Like expectant parents poring over lists of potential names, Mercy Merced Center’s Obstetrics Services staff members made a careful choice when they named their new facility the Family Birth Center. “It captures what we’re all about,” says Rebecca Cates, R.N., Director of the Center. “This unit has been designed for family centered care so that it’s possible for babies to be with their close family members from the moment of delivery all the way to discharge. ... Our goal is to help build strong family ties from the start.”

The Family Birth Center’s spacious, private rooms support all of the moms and families needs through every stage of birth – from labor and delivery to recovery and postpartum. Soothing decor and a relaxing atmosphere are complemented by the latest technology, including the award-winning Panda Warmer, which allows newborns to remain comfortably at their mothers bedside while it monitors the baby’s vitals, including breathing, body temperature, and weight. Located on the same floor is a Level II nursery run by Children’s Hospital of Central California. This NICU provides the opportunity for some families with premature babies to receive treatment closer to home. The specialized staff is dedicated to taking care of the babies who require advanced medical care.

The family-friendly amenities in each patient’s room include a comfortable glider rocker, a private bathroom and shower, plus a sofa for lounging or sleeping visitors. “Everybody is going to want to have their baby here,” says Cates. “The rooms are beautiful, and each has a large window with a view."

Services available:

  • Deliveries by Obstetricians & Family Practitioners
  • Operating rooms dedicated for Caesarian Births
  • Lactation Educators
  • On site WIC representative
  • Childbirth classes
  • Level II (NICU) Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery located on same floor

For more information on our Maternity Services, please call 209.564.5200.

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333 Mercy Ave.
Merced, CA 95340
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