Having My Baby

When you choose UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's Birth Care Center you are ensuring you and your baby receive the highest level of care available. Before you arrive it is important to know what to expect during your stay. St. Luke's offers one-on-one care during labor and delivery for you and your baby in the privacy of your own birth suite. Every birth at St. Luke's is monitored around the clock by neonatologists, pediatricians and critical care nurses.

Your nurses will play an extremely important part during your stay. Your labor nurse will be with you in active labor and during birth. Your mother/baby nurse will help you learn to take care of yourself and your baby after labor. After the birth of your baby there are many assessments done for your baby by the nurse. Some of these assessments include:

  • Initial assessment/exam
  • Reflexes
  • Daily weight check
  • Feedings
  • Wet and soiled diapers
  • Jaundice

St. Luke's practices family centered care, which means your nurse will include your family in discussions or issues concerning the birth of your baby or afterwards. This also means that you and your baby will share the same nurse and your baby will be in your room as much as you wish.

After giving birth you will learn various types of baby care including:

  • Swaddled developmental bath
  • Cord care
  • Circumcision care
  • Feeding
  • Soothing
  • Newborn characteristics

Your doctor will also stop by to see you and give your baby his/her first exam. Another doctor exam is required before you and your baby are discharged. There will also be some essential paperwork to do before you go home, including educational needs assessment, Hepatitis B vaccination consent, birth certificates, safety consent, etc.