The arrival of a new baby is a miraculous, life-changing event. At Iowa Specialty Hospital—Clarion, we have added 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. Our team of highly qualified physicians and nursing staff will be ready with the best service available. One-on-one, personalized care is our hallmark.
Personal attention and superb care: We pride ourselves in our individual nursing care and family-centered 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.
Certified Nurse-Midwife: Our certified nurse-midwives are available upon request. They provide a full range of women's healthcare needs. They incorporatethe philosophy and experiences of midwifery to obstetrical patients through labor and delivery in a comfortable hospital setting with the safety and co-management of our board certified OB/GYN staff.
Labor, Delivery, Recovery, and Postpartum Rooms: Our attractively decorated suites were designed with your comfort in mind. Each room is equipped with a bed, table and chairs, rocker/recliner, and a private bath with whirlpool tub to provide you with the comforts of home. A television, refrigerator, and DVD 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 Cesareans: A gentle cesarean allows women who require a c-section to have a more meaningful birth experience, allowing for: a quiet environment; freedom for mom to move arms around, watch delivery, and have immediate skin to skin contact with baby; and partner is allowed to cut umbilical cord.
Childbirth and Breastfeeding Education Classes: We offer both evening and weekend classes several times throughout the year. Classes are open to any expecting parent regardless of where you receive your healthcare. They are taught by a certified instructor. Breathing and relaxation techniques, stages of labor, pain management, breastfeeding positions, and breastfeeding equipment are some of the topics covered. For a list of dates, please check out our Event Calendar or call Casey Howell at (515) 532-9357.
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 help in every way to make you, your family, and your baby comfortable. We offer on-staff breastfeeding educators, massage therapy, open visiting hours, and informal sessions on baby development and parenting. At Iowa Specialty Hospital, we want to help plan and to share this most joyous occasion of your life.
Safety/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 screening is available to all babies born at Iowa Specialty Hospital to ensure early prevention and detection of hearing loss.
Blood Screening: Newborn blood screening is performed on all babies to rule out amino acid disorders, fatty acid disorders, organic acid disorders, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, congenital hypothyroidism, biotinidase deficiency, cystic fibrosis, and hemoglobinopathies.
Tours of our Maternity Center are available at any time, but you are invited to take a Virtual Tour of our Maternity Center now!
For more information, please visit our Locations and Hours page for contact information or download the Maternity Center brochure below.
To find a provider, please visit our Obstetrics & Gynecology Providers page.