Labor and Delivery

We want your labor and birth to be a positive experience, and we want you to have a healthy baby. The Labor and Delivery Unit has eight labor and delivery rooms, a dedicated ultrasound room and 4 triage/recovery rooms. After your delivery you will stay in one of our 28 mother-baby-care rooms, nicely furnished with large customized memory foam beds, whirlpool baths, a la carte meal menus, media players and internet access and pullout couches.

Tour our birthing areas

bear illustrationWe know you are going to be pleased with our Labor and Delivery suites and your care following your baby's delivery. You can get a head start by taking an online tour of our care areas.


The UI Maternity Center embraces the concept of family-centered care. For maternity care, this means that fathers and support persons are invited to participate in the child's birth. Siblings are encouraged to visit.

Our nearby Special Care Nurseries house our Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery and transitional units for babies as they prepare to go home. Led by University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital neonatologists and a nursing staff second to none, you can rely on the highest level of care available in this region.

We combine caring expertise with the most current innovative practices and leading edge facilities. Our physicians and staff have extensive specialty training, which means we are prepared to handle everything from:

  • Normal vaginal deliveries
  • Normal weight babies
  • Cesarean section deliveries
  • Babies as small as one pound

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, featuring 55 private rooms, is staffed by highly trained specialists and features the most advanced technologies available for premature babies and very sick newborns. The outcome rate of our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit ranks among the top five percent worldwide.

Our labor and delivery unit features:

  • 24-hour anesthesia and surgical capability
  • Complete maternal-fetal monitoring
  • Support for family-centered delivery
  • Immediate access to Level III neonatal intensive care
  • Eight labor-delivery rooms
  • Two surgery suites for Cesarean-sections
  • State-of-the-art fetal monitoring system
  • Blood bank in close proximity
  • Dedicated ultrasound room, fetal and maternal diagnosis
  • Obstetrics faculty on site 24 hours per day
  • A full range of labor support services to meet the individual patient needs
  • Accessibility to service providers including: family medicine, obstetrics, private obstetrics, midwives, residents, high-risk obstetricians
  • Antepartum/postpartum whirlpool bath

Our mother and baby unit features:

  • 28 ante/postpartum rooms
  • Single-room maternity care facilities
  • Technology is hidden but still accessible
  • Lactation consultants on staff
  • Excellent childbirth and parenting education classes
  • High level of security
  • Internet access (in waiting rooms and individual rooms)
  • Rooms offer a home-like environment
  • Custom memory foam beds in ante/postpartum rooms
  • Ala carte menus available
  • TV/VCR/DVD, CD player
  • Refreshment area, waiting area and educational area within the unit

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