Delivery and Hospital Stay FAQs at UnityPoint Trinity
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Express Care - Bettendorf

3415 53rd Avenue
Bettendorf, Iowa 52722

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Express Care - Moline

106 19th Avenue
Suite 103
Moline, Illinois 61265

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3426 North Port Drive
Suite 200
Muscatine, Iowa 52761

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3904 16th Street
Moline, Illinois 61265

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5185 Competition Dr.
Bettendorf, Iowa 52722

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1417 KImberly Road
Bettendorf, Iowa 52722

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Delivery and your Hospital Stay

We want your childbirth stay with us to be a part of your good and special memories of having a baby. We recommend that you take a tour of the BirthPlace Center where you will be delivering two to eight weeks before your due date.

  • Unit tours are included in our Childbirth Preparation Courses. We recommend all first-time pregnant women take the Prenatal Series class.
  • Those not taking our Prenatal Series class can arrange a unit tour.

Labor, Delivery and Recovery Rooms

  • All maternity rooms are private.
  • Each has a bathroom, shower, television, telephone, rocker, table and chairs, a bed for mom plus full size sleeper so the support person can spend the night.
  • A nurse-call system for help is in every maternity room and in every bathroom.

Infant Security

UnityPoint Health - Trinity ensures the security of every newborn through the use of:

  • An infant electronic tracking system (baby tags and unit sensors)
  • Special identification bands
  • Cameras, security locks and controlled, observed traffic on and off of the unit
  • Special hospital ID badges for all staff

To protect privacy and add additional safety for new families:

  • Birth information is not given out over the phone
  • Family and friends should be told to call members of the new family for labor and birth information
  • We discourage the publication of birth announcements in local newspapers and church bulletins
  • We actively advise against announcing baby's arrival with:
    • Storks or other signs in the yard
    • Banners on the front or garage door
    • Balloons on home mailboxes

Smoking

UnityPoint Health – Trinity provides a smoke-free environment for its patients, visitors and employees. Smoking is a health hazard for everyone but especially for babies and children. It is not allowed anywhere inside our hospitals.

Babies and children who are around cigarette smoke have increased health risks:

  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • Upper respiratory infections
  • Allergies and lung problems
  • If there are smokers in your family, we recommend that smoking only take place in a part of the house that is closed to babies and children. If this place is outside of the home, make sure it is not at a main entrance or somewhere children play.

Length of Stay

Following labor and birth, new mothers and babies are in the hospital for only a short while:

  • Vaginal delivery moms, without complications, go home 24 to 48 hours after birth
  • Cesarean birth moms usually go home 48 to 72 hours after birth, but sometimes may need to stay as long 96 hours
    • UnityPoint Health – Trinity offers family-centered cesarean delivery to enhance the delivery experience of all women having a cesarean birth. Each BirthPlace campus features a highly skilled surgical team and two state-of-the-art operating suites to ensure a safe environment for both mother and baby. 
  • This time is figured from the baby's delivery time

Before discharge home, mom and baby must each reach the criteria for discharge:

  • Be in healthy, stable condition - as determined by their doctor
  • Be taught about mom's recovery needs and care
  • Be taught about baby's needs and care
  • Mom states she understands discharge instructions for herself and her baby
  • Mom shows the ability to correctly care for herself
  • Mom shows she can safely care for and correctly feed her baby
  • Have information about needed follow-up appointments
  • Have orders written for discharge by the OB doctor and pediatrician

Visiting

  • Additional information is available on our BirthPlace visiting guidelines page. Please note, guidelines are subject to change as necessary to help protect the health of our patients and staff.

Parking

  • Parking is located in the lots near the main entrance to maternity services and the main entrance of both campuses.
  • Please use this entrance when coming in for labor and delivery.
  • Wheelchairs are available if needed.

Cafeteria

  • Cafeteria locations: Moline's cafeteria is located near the main entrance of the hospital. Bettendorf's cafeteria is located on the lower level of the hospital. 
  • Cafeterias serve a variety of hot and cold foods. Hours of operation are posted by the entrance doors.
  • Vending machines are also available.

Financial Information and Pre-registration

There are several things you can do ahead of time to help avoid insurance slow-downs and surprises:

  • Check now with your insurance company about coverage for mom and a new baby.
  • Find out what co-payments or deductibles are required.
  • Notify your insurance company soon after the birth of the new baby (to enroll baby as a new dependent).
  • Complete hospital preregistration forms and return them to the hospital. We recommend you complete pre-registration forms when you're 18-20 weeks along in your pregnancy. For your convenience, you may also submit your information online through our secure pre-registration form.

Birth Practices, Preferences and Options

  • Make sure you are talking with your OB doctor at every prenatal visit about this pregnancy and your childbirth concerns, expectations and preferences. Your doctor has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with you, plus knows you and your health conditions.
  • Here are some topics to discuss:
    • Discomforts of pregnancy you are experiencing and how to handle them
    • Signs of labor and when to come to the hospital
    • Do you call the doctor first or head directly to the hospital?
    • Support persons you want in labor and with delivery
    • Use of electronic fetal monitoring
    • Activities suggested for labor (walking? chair-sitting? birth-ball? squat bar?)
    • Position options in labor; positions for pushing and birthing
    • Need for an IV
    • Ice chips, popsicles & hard candy in labor
    • Medications in labor for pain control: how do the medications limit activity? how do the medications affect labor and baby?
    • Other types of medicines that might be given during labor and birth
    • Any special concerns about being able to deliver vaginally?
    • Use of cameras and video recorders
    • Need for an episiotomy
    • Viewing birth with a mirror
    • Can the father cut the cord?
    • Holding and touching baby after birth
    • Circumcision decision, if having a boy: who does the circumcision?
    • Breastfeeding after delivery
    • Any special concerns or preferences of parents for labor or birth