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Take a look at UnityPoint Finely Hospital's Pregnancy Guide.

Pregnancy Guide

Congratulations! You're expecting! Becoming a parent is one of the most rewarding life experiences you can have, and when the time comes for the birth of your child, you want only the best team working with you and your child. At Finley Hospital, we have a team of expert nurses, doctors, and health educators who will work with you during your pregnancy and post pregnancy to ensure a safe and healthy delivery for both you and your child. We offer resources, classes, and services you need to become well-prepared for your new family member.

Preparing for Baby: Next Steps

Childbirth classes

Finley childbirth classes cover every stage and age group, from what to expect during labor, to baby basics, refresher courses for grandparents, information for siblings, prenatal classes and how to perform infant massages.

Choosing a Provider For Your Baby

First-time mothers often do not realize that in choosing their own doctor for their pregnancy, they must also decide on a pediatrician or family physician for their new baby. This is someone who is different than the OB provider and will take care of you during your pregnancy, labor, and delivery.

Take Care of Yourself During Pregnancy

In order to have a healthy pregnancy for both you and your child, it's important to know what is OK during pregnancy and what to avoid. If you have any questions, contact your OB provider who can give further guidance as to what the right steps are for a healthy lifestyle as you await the birth of your child.

Tour the hospital

On the big day, you want to know exactly where you're going.

Preregister online

Don't worry about completing forms on the big day - you can save time and energy when you arrive at the hospital by preregistering for your hospital stay.

Coming to the hospital

When it's time for your baby's delivery, you'll go directly to the Birthing Suites. Enjoy birth suites equipped just like a home.

  • See our staff recommendations on what to pack for your hospital stay. We provide many amenities, but there are a few things you'll want to bring from home.
  • Free wireless access allows you to be in touch as soon as you like! E-mail the first announcement right from your room.
  • Comprehensive breastfeeding services include lactation consultants and Certified Breastfeeding Educators.
  • Families can send flowers and greetings.

Going home

Going home is exciting, but for a new parent it can also seem daunting. Finley offers extensive resources for parents including breastfeeding support and My Nurse, a free 24/7 call service staffed by registered nurses for those middle-of-the-night questions.

Whether you're just starting to plan or getting ready to meet your new baby, Finley is here with the classes, resources and support you need to feel prepared. For more information, e-mail us or call

(563) 589-2406.