Iowa Specialty Hospital

Maternity Center

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Welcoming Your Little One!Several babies wearing Iowa Specialty Hospital logo onesies

The arrival of a new baby is a miraculous, life-changing event. At Iowa Specialty Hospital, we add a special touch to every step in the birth process. Your new arrival will be welcomed into the world in a comfortable, home-like atmosphere at our birthing center. Our pediatric team of highly qualified physicians and nursing staff will be ready with the best service available. One-on-one, personalized care for you and your baby is our hallmark!

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What To Expect At Our Iowa Maternity Center

  • Personalized Attention and Care: We pride ourselves in our individual nursing care and family-centered health services

  • Certified Nurses: All nurses at Iowa Specialty Hospital are certified in NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation), attend continuing education classes, and are qualified in fetal heart monitoring.

  • Labor, Delivery, Recovery, and Postpartum Rooms: Our comfortably decorated maternity suites were designed with your comfort in mind. Each room is equipped with a bed, table, chairs, a rocker/recliner, and a private bath with a whirlpool tub to provide you with the comforts of home. A television and refrigerator are available for use in your room throughout your entire stay. Storage space is also provided for personal belongings.

  • Rooming-In: This allows special bonding time between the mother and her newborn. The baby and crib are kept in the mother's room for part or all of the day.

  • Gentle Cesarean Sections: A gentle cesarean delivery allows women who require a c-section to have a more meaningful birth experience; allowing for: a quiet environment, freedom for the mom to move arms around, watch the delivery, and have immediate skin-to-skin contact with the baby; and partner is allowed to cut the umbilical cord.

  • 24-Hour Pain Management: With an anesthetist available, mothers-to-be and their physicians have the option to manage labor anytime, day or night, to make the birthing process more comfortable with epidural or intrathecal injections.

  • After-Delivery Services: We provide the best after-delivery care for mothers and babies to make sure both are as comfortable as possible. We offer on-staff breastfeeding educators, massage therapy, and informal sessions on baby development and parenting. At Iowa Specialty Hospital, we want to help plan and share this most joyous occasion of your life.

  • Safety and Security: To ensure a safe and secure environment for your newborn, the Maternity Center is separated from the rest of the hospital and can only be accessed with an employee badge. Both mothers and newborns receive an identification bracelet immediately following delivery. Each newborn also wears a bracelet around his or her leg that will sound an alarm if the newborn is carried outside of the Maternity Center.

  • Hearing Screening: Newborn hearing screenings are available to all babies born at Iowa Specialty Hospital to provide quick test results ensuring early prevention and detection of hearing loss.

  • Newborn Blood Screening: Newborn blood tests are performed on all babies. These newborn screening tests help rule out amino acid disorders, fatty acid disorders, organic acid disorders, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, biotinidase deficiency, cystic fibrosis, hemoglobinopathies, and metabolic disorders such as congenital hypothyroidism 

  • Brain Bags: Families receive Brain Bags (made possible by the Studer Community Institute) as a way for parents to encourage early brain development and literacy skills in their babies. Items include a children's book, reading guide, activity guide, language enrichment toy, and baby steps book. 

We’re confident that the Maternity Center at Iowa Specialty Hospital provides the best maternity care of any hospital in Iowa. We welcome you to come and see what we have to offer! Tours of our Maternity Center are available at any time.

For more information, please visit our Locations and Hours page for contact information.

To find a provider for prenatal care and delivery, please visit our Obstetrics & Gynecology Providers page.

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