Mother and daughter playing with bubbles

After Baby Care

After delivery, our Gleeson Center for Mother and Baby offers a comfortable place for moms to recover and begin bonding with their little one. One nurse from each shift provides one-on-one care for you and your baby, offering you a resource for your baby care, feeding and new parent questions. During your stay, your immediate family may visit you and your baby at any time. The room is also set up so your support person can spend the night with you if you choose.

Remember, Iowa law requires children to be placed in a car seat. A nurse will escort mom and baby to their car upon dismissal. St. Luke's Partners offer safe, portable seats at wholesale prices for St. Luke's moms. 

Going Home

St. Luke's support doesn't end when you and your baby leave the hospital. We offer free resources to help you once you return home including:

  • An extensive baby care and prevention book to answer questions about caring for yourself after childbirth, feeding your baby and getting your newborn to sleep.
  • My UnityPoint Nurse, a 24-hour health information service, sponsored by UnityPoint Health. Staffed by registered nurses, My UnityPoint Nurse is a valuable resource for health questions and physician referrals.
  • UnityPoint at Home offers breastfeeding pumps and supplies for rent or purchase. The home care store is located in the Market Place Shopping Centre on Hamilton Blvd next to Hy-Vee.
  • Our Baby Weigh Clinic, staffed by lactation consultants, is open to breastfeeding and formula feeding families to check your baby's weight. Funded by St. Luke's Children's Miracle Network, the clinic is located on the hospital's 3rd floor and is open every Monday from 1 pm to 7 pm, except for Memorial Day and Labor Day. The clinic will be open 1 pm to 7 pm the Tuesday following the holiday. There is no charge for this service and no appointment is needed.