Mercy Medical Center North Iowa

Your Hospital Stay

Birth Plan
To help us care for you and your baby, please complete the Patient Health History and the Birth Plan. The birth of your baby is a unique experience for each family and this information will help us meet your expectations. Please share this information with your physician at your next visit and your physician will forward the form to Mercy Birth Center.

Your admission to Mercy Birth Center will go more smoothly if you pre-register. To do so, call 641-428-7731 or 1-800-433-3883 and ask for Patient Registration between 5:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday - Friday.

During pre-registration, you will be asked for insurance information. Please contact your insurance company to determine coverage of your hospital stay and bring your insurance card to Patient Registration. If you have concerns regarding financial arrangements, please call Lisa Rogers in Patient Registration at 641-428-7748. She will discuss payment plans/options with you.

You can then mail the completed Pre-Registration Form to:

Pre-Admission Registration
Mercy Medical Center - North Iowa
1000 4th Street SW
Mason City, IA 50401

Arriving at the Hospital
When the time arrives for the birth of your baby, you may enter Mercy - North Iowa's East Campus,
1000 4th Street SW, through the Main Entrance or the Emergency Entrance. On Monday through
Friday between 5:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., please enter through the Main Entrance and check in at
Patient Registration (through the lobby and on your left). On weekends or after 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday, please enter through the Emergency Center and register there. The Emergency entrance
is open 24 hours-a-day whereas all other doors are locked after 9:00 p.m.

Mercy Birth Center is located on the third floor of Mercy - North Iowa. You will be escorted by
wheelchair to a labor/delivery/recovery (LDR) room where you will be assessed by a
registered nurse. Your physician will be contacted. A resident physician also may assist in your
care. Approximately two hours after your baby's birth, you will be relocated from the birthing suite
to a private patient room.

Items to bring with you

  • Patient Education Manual;
  • Comfortable clothing and/or pajamas if you wish to wear your own;
  • Slippers;
  • Toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, toiletries (can be provided if you forget);
  • Hair accessories, such as curling iron, etc.
    • Hairdryers are provided
  • A pacifier if you wish your baby to have one;
  • A safe and properly functioning car seat (Please verify that it works in your car in advance); and
  • Going-home outfit and blankets to dress and cover your baby as appropriate for the weather.

Services We Provide

  • Newborn hearing screens
  • Newborn Screening for Crtical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD)
  • Neonatal Metabolic Screening
  • Newborn Jaundice Screening
  • Electric Fetal Monitoring (EFM) Certified Nurses and Providers
  • Wireless Fetal Monitoring Available
  • Certified Lactation Counselors (CLC) on staff
  •  24-Hour Rooming-In
  • Skin-to-Skin at all Healthy Term Deliveries
  • Birth Center Tours Available - Call 641-428-7219 for an appointment.