About Mercy

Getting Ready

Mercy West Lakes new mom and nurse

What to pack for you

  • Birth Communication Plan (PDF)*
  • Lotion/oil for massages (unscented)
  • Warm socks
  • Lip balm
  • Back massager
  • Warm pack
  • Robe and slippers
  • Nursing bra (if breastfeeding)
  • Toothbrush/tooth paste
  • Mouthwash
  • Hair care items
  • Cosmetics
  • Loose fitting clothes to wear home, something from your fourth or fifth month of pregnancy should be comfortable


Suggested items for your labor partner

  • Insurance information
  • Snacks for labor
  • Swimsuit to wear in shower
  • Watch with a second hand
  • Change of clothes and toiletries
  • Phone numbers of friends and relatives
  • Cell phone or phone card
  • Books and magazines
  • Videos, music tapes or CDs (Mercy’s birthing suites are equipped with CD players, TV and VCRs)
  • Camera, film, camcorder and batteries


Suggested items for your baby

  • Newborn Communication Plan
  • Undershirt and sleeper
  • Going home outfit and receiving blanket
  • Sweater, cap and extra blanket if needed for cold weather
  • Infant car seat
  • Baby book for footprints


Mercy will provide you with the following things for you and your baby during your stay

  • For you
    • Hospital gowns, disposable underpants and sanitary pads
  • For your new baby
    • Diapers, wipes, thermometer, bulb syringe, soap and circumcision supplies for boys
    • Undershirts and blankets are also provided during baby’s hospital stay

Where to go when "it's time!"

You should enter Mercy West Lakes through the Emergency Department. Our staff will take you to the third level wear the Mother/Baby is located. Once you are in your room, a Mother/Baby nurse will discuss your symptoms and do a full assessment. This exam will asses the status of your cervix and position of your baby's head. Your nurse will also monitor your baby's heart rate.

Finally, your nurse will go over your prenatal history and discuss your birth plan. This is a good time to discuss any specific labor requests with your nurse.

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