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Choosing a Mercy Hospital

Together, Mercy West Lakes and Mercy Medical Center—Des Moines have built a reputation as being the state leader in caring Mercy Women & Infants' Center Ladybug imagefor women throughout their pregnancy, labor, delivery, recovery and for their new babies. Each Mercy location offers comfortable birthing accommodations, highly experienced and caring staff and physicians and state-of-the-art technology.

At which hospital should you plan to deliver?

Please discuss with your doctor the locations where they deliver and which location would be best suited to meet the needs of you and your baby. Below is a brief overview of services that each Mercy facility offers expecting families. 

Mercy Medical Center—West Lakes Birthing Services

Mercy Medical Center—West Lakes
1755 59th Place, West Des Moines

  • Designed to provide care for low-risk pregnancies at term (at 37 weeks of pregnancy or greater)—including labor, delivery, postpartum and newborn care
  • One suite for your entire stay
  • Nurses who are trained in all phases of the birthing process
  • Nurse practitioner present during each delivery to care for baby
  • Transfer to Mercy’s Women & Infants’ Center located on Mercy's Central Campus will be arranged in the unlikely event that you or your baby experience complications
  • Newborn nursery available 24-hours a day
  • Little Miracles Lactation Boutique


Mercy Women & Infants' Center
East Tower, Mercy Central Campus
1111 Sixth Ave., Des Moines

  • Designed to provide care for both low- and high-risk pregnancies, deliveries, postpartum and newborn care  
  • Provides care for deliveries before 37 weeks of pregnancy
  • Dedicated Maternity Triage and Treatment Unit for pregnant women experiencing complications and/or early labor
  • Neonatologist support during delivery available
  • A 44-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is available
  • Nurses trained for specific areas of the birthing process—labor and delivery and post-partum
  • Labor and delivery occur in Birthing Unit; post-partum/recovery occurs in Mother/Baby Unit
  • Newborn nursery available 24-hours a day
  • Little Miracles Lactation Boutique


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