Our Philosophy of Care

At UnityPoint Health - Des Moines we believe in a family-centered approach to maternity care. We know that the birth experience is important to all members of the family. Our physicians, nurses and support staff will do everything they can to ensure that your family will have a positive experience. We will work together to provide education, reassurance, quality care and comfortable surroundings before, during and after your childbirth experience. We are here for you during each stage of your pregnancy and beyond.

At UnityPoint Health - Des Moines we offer families:

  • Individualized attention - We know that each birth experience is unique and our nurses are always available to help and offer support as you become acquainted with your baby.
  • Highly skilled staff - Our nurses are specially trained to offer you the care that you and your newborn will need before, during and the first few days after birth. If the need arises, Blank Children's Hospital physicians and specialists are on hand at each of our maternity centers to provide neonatal support.
  • Specially designed maternity units - Labor, delivery and recovery all take place in the same room on our units allowing mom and family to stay in one location during their stay. State-of-the-art surgical suites are also available right on the maternity units at all three of our hospitals to ensure that they are available when needed.
  • A proactive pain-management program - Most women are apprehensive about pain during childbirth. A variety of pain management methods are available, including a 24-hour epidural service. Remember that during pregnancy, the safety of the mother and baby is our first consideration. Our goal is to keep you as comfortable as possible while minimizing the risk.
  • A family-friendly visitor policy - We understand that the birth experience is exciting for all members of your family. The mother's support person is encouraged to remain with her throughout her stay and other family members may visit at any time. We will work with mothers to limit visitors when extra rest and recovery are needed.