Mercy Offers Family-friendly Women’s Health Services
By Elizabeth M. Barlet, MD, FACOG
Mercy Clinic Women’s Health
At Mercy, we pride ourselves on a
family-friendly environment and
continuity of care. When it comes to
women’s health, you want the best care
available for you and your family. From
our birthing suites, to our neonatal
intensive care unit (NICU) and Ronald
McDonald family room, Mercy cares for
patients and families through some of the
most special, and difficult, times of life.
Labor and Delivery
Almost all women’s health services are located on the fifth
floor of Mercy Hospital Joplin. Mercy Clinic Women’s Health
is on the clinic side of the fifth floor. On the same floor is also
our birthing center and NICU. Because doctors are on the
same floor, they can be with patients within a few minutes.
All birthing suites are private, family friendly and motherbaby
focused, meaning the baby stays in the room with
mom from birth to departure. Mothers labor, deliver and
stay in the same room for post-partum recovery. In case of a
caesarian section, the women’s health floor has an operating
room. New moms still recover feet away and on the same
floor as the NICU if the baby needs more intensive care. The
birthing center also provides access to in-house lactation
consultants who visit each mom who is breastfeeding. We
want our families to participate in their infant’s care and feel
comfortable and informed during their stay.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
All NICU rooms are private and designed so families can stay
24/7. Pull-out beds in each room allow parents to be involved
in the care of their baby. Mercy’s NICU also has a “homeward
bound” room within the unit, an important part of helping
parents transition to home care. Parents have the option to
stay the night in the homeward bound room before a baby is
discharged. In this home-like environment, they can practice
caring for their baby with staff readily available to help.
Ronald McDonald Family Room
On the sixth floor of the hospital, one floor above labor and
delivery and the NICU, is the Ronald McDonald Family
Room. This room is provided for our patients and their
families in partnership with Ronald McDonald House
Charities of the Four States. Families can come to the room
to take a break, shower, do laundry or find a snack, rather than
leaving the hospital campus. Our NICU families often enjoy
this space during their time at the hospital.
Mercy is a faith-based ministry, and carrying on the healing
ministry of Jesus Christ is an important part of what we do.
The chapel serves as a sanctuary for our patients and their
We love serving our community and know that what we do in
women’s health makes a difference.
Elizabeth Barlet is a physician with Mercy Clinic Women’s Health
in Joplin and Carthage. Other available women’s health providers
include Jeffrey Manley, MD, FACOG, Health Merkley, MD, FACOG,
Holly Richardson, APRN-WHNP, and Jill Feurt, NP, CNM. To make
an appointment with one of these providers, call 417.633.7426.