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Mercy Women & Infants’ Center is once again Iowa’s busiest birthing center

Jan. 24, 2011

Once again Mercy Medical Center — Des Moines’ Women & Infants’ Center helped welcome more young Iowans into the world than any single Iowa hospital.

For the fifth year in a row Mercy Women & Infants’ Center delivered 4,940 babies. Combined with 176 births at Mercy Medical Center — West Lakes in West Des Moines, Mercy delivered 5,116 babies— including 133 sets of twins, seven sets of triplets and two sets of quadruplets (the first time since 1999 that more than one set of quads has been born at Mercy).

“Each of our highly skilled, compassionate nurses and physicians are committed to delivering the best care for every baby and their families,” said Jackie Frost-Kunnen, senior vice president of Hospital Operations. “We deeply value the trust families place in us during their birthing experience.”

The most popular baby names at Mercy in 2010 were:

  • Noah
  • Jackson
  • Benjamin
  • Andrew
  • William.
  • Olivia
  • Emma
  • Ella
  • Abigail
  • Ava

Mercy’s Women & Infants’ Center includes central Iowa’s only Maternity Triage & Treatment Unit in addition to the Birthing Unit, Mother/Baby Unit and the Variety Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Mercy Medical Center —West Lakes is an alternative birthing location for low-risk moms expecting a full-term delivery. Mercy West Lakes’ birthing services are provided in a specially designed LDRP setting.

Contact Gregg Lagan
Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines

515-247-3050
cell 515-490-6636


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