The staff members at the St. Joseph Mercy Family Birth Centers at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and St. Joseph Mercy Livingston Hospital are dedicated to making you as comfortable as possible during your labor and delivery. Staff members support and encourage you to use a variety of relaxation techniques, including prepared childbirth and water therapy (like a Jacuzzi or shower massage).
Our experienced, board-certified anesthesia staff is available 24-hours-a-day. One option in our obstetrical anesthesia program is a labor epidural. An epidural is a local anesthetic delivered through a tiny tube placed in the lower back, just outside of the spinal canal. This allows a woman in labor to continue to feel touch and pressure, while relieving most of the pain of contractions and delivery.