Having a Baby | Northern Light Mercy Hospital

At the Northern Light Mercy Birthplace, we believe that having a baby is a time full of happiness, intimacy, and accomplishment. As you grow your family, you want to know you’re in the best hands during these special moments.

Our team of nurses, physicians, and midwives are committed to creating a birthing experience ideal for you and your family. As you welcome your little one into the world, you can cherish this time in a comfortable and supportive environment.

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Northern Light Mercy Birthing Center

Northern Light Mercy Women’s Health (OB/GYN)

Northern Light Mercy Midwives

The Mercy Birthing Experience

The Birthing Suite

Mercy birthing suites are made for labor, delivery, and recovery — all in the same comfortable room. Each spacious suite features a private bathroom, refrigerator, birthing balls, a squat bar, a laboring tub, and free wi-fi. Your birthing partner can also enjoy a comfortable daybed. During your stay, your room will be cleaned daily, and we’ll provide meals and refreshments at times that are convenient for you and your family.

Operating Rooms for C-Sections

If you should need a cesarean section, there are two operating rooms just down the hallway from the birthing suites. Our teams at Northern Light Mercy Birthing work there, so you have continuous care.

Newborn Nursery and 24/7 Neonatal Care

Our nursery features specialized equipment to care for your baby’s needs during your stay, including monitors, incubators, and oxygen. Through a clinical affiliation with Maine Neonatology Associates, we also provide an advanced level of newborn care from neonatologists and neonatal nurse practitioners in the hospital 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

What to Expect at Northern Light Mercy Birthing

  • Spacious private rooms
  • Jacuzzi in every room
  • Daybed for your partner
  • “At your request” room service
  • Free wi-fi

At Northern Light Mercy, our cesarean section rate is well below Maine’s average. However, whether due to your needs or your baby’s, you may require a c-section. Some reasons for a planned c-section include if your baby is in breech position (bottom or feet-first), if you have placenta previa (when the placenta is low in the uterus), or if you’ve had a cesarean section in the past. The decision for a c-section is one that is made between you and your provider.

If you require a c-section, you’ll be given a date for your delivery either at an office visit or by receiving a phone call from a triage nurse. Prior to your c-section, you’ll have a preoperative visit, where you’ll go over what to expect and be given special supplies to prevent infection.

Having a baby is a special experience, and you may want to share it with your loved ones. At Northern Light Mercy Birthplace, you can have two visitors in the room at any given time. There is no limit to the number of visitors you have each day. Anyone under 18 will only be allowed in your room with an adult visitor. For the safety of you and your baby, everyone older than 2 will be required to wear a mask. Additionally, all visitors will be screened upon arrival for COVID-19 symptoms. Please note that covid requirements and visitation policies are subject to change.

Once you’re admitted into the labor and delivery unit, you’ll be connected to machines that will monitor your baby’s heart rate and contractions. We have portable monitors available for continuous fetal monitoring. If you wish — and you don’t have any medical issues your provider is concerned about — you may walk around or enjoy your in-room jacuzzi. If you decide to use pain medication for your delivery, you’ll be in bed once you receive your epidural or intrathecal injection.

You will be assigned a dedicated nurse, whose job is to make sure you are comfortable and have everything you need as you prepare for your baby’s arrival.

If your labor and delivery experience is uncomplicated, you’ll go home between 24 to 48 hours after delivery. The exact timeframe is often determined by your insurance company. Please confirm with your insurance provider the length of hospital coverage before you deliver.

If you do experience complications, you may require a longer stay. If this occurs, your healthcare provider will discuss this with you at that time.

After your baby is born, they will stay in the room with you — however, there is a nursery if they need any treatments (like an IV) that can’t be done right in your room.

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Northern Light Mercy Women’s Health (OB/GYN)

(207) 553-6920

Northern Light Mercy Midwives

(207) 871-0666

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For Visitors to Northern Light Mercy Hospital


Although our cafeteria is currently closed to visitors, there are several dining options within a short drive. Please check our Patients & Visitors page for up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 precautions.


We make visiting your loved ones easy and safe for everyone. Please visit our Patients & Visitors page for more information on visiting policies, including COVID-19 precautions. Free parking is available to visitors, and it’s located behind the medical office building.


Our Pastoral Care Team provides pastoral counseling to people of all faiths, both in routine and crisis situations. For Catholic patients, Holy Communion is available Sunday through Saturday, and confession is done by request. Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is also available. We provide chaplain services 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Chaplains can be contacted for conversation, prayer, grieving, support, guidance, the sacraments, or help with decisions regarding advance directives.

Our Lady of Mercy Chapel is located at Mercy Fore River off the main lobby and is open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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