Labor and Delivery

We want your labor to be a positive experience. The UI Maternity Center embraces the concept of family-centered care. Fathers and support persons are invited to participate in the child's birth. Siblings are also encouraged to visit.

All members of your health care team are focused on you and your baby’s safety and your comfort during labor and delivery. We work closely with you to determine the best form of pain control, based on your preferences.

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. Our Special Care Nurseries house our Level 4 Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery and transitional units for babies as they prepare to go home.

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, staffed by highly trained specialists, features 55 private rooms with 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.

We combine care with the most current innovative practices and leading-edge facilities. The Labor and Delivery Unit has eight labor and delivery rooms, a dedicated ultrasound room, and 4 triage/recovery rooms. 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, internet access, and pullout couches.

Our physicians and staff have extensive specialty training to handle:

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

Our labor and delivery unit features:

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

Our mother and baby unit features:

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

Pregnancy Care Locations:

Tour our birthing areas

You are going to be pleased with our Labor and Delivery suites and care following your baby's delivery. Take an online tour of our care areas.

Care Team