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Birthing Center

Moms Are Amazing

You're going to be a best friend, a personal chef, a teacher, healer, cheerleader... and the list goes on.

You're going to be amazing. Having an amazing team in the doctor's office, delivery room and beyond will help get you started.

I'm having a baby. What do I need to do?

1. Find a doctor for you and your baby

Take into consideration the experience of all staff, your birthing center and the level of care provided at the NICU (just in case you need it).Remember you need to choose a pediatrician for your new baby as well, but you can get to that later.

2. Take a tour

This is where you will bring you baby into the world. Whoa. Come check out where it's all going to happen so you know what to expect. Our nurses will show you around, answer questions and even have a gift bag for you. Call (319) 235-3620 to let us know you're coming or watch our video tour.


3. Pre-register your delivery

Take care of the paperwork before the contractions start by providing your contact, mailing and insurance information online.

4. Read up on credible information and tips

Once you start showing, your bump is going to attract quite a bit of unsolicited advice. Take what you hear with a grain of salt and remember to ask an actual medical professional if you have any questions.

5. Go to your first pre-natal appointment

Your first visit is typically at about the 8-10 week mark. That gives you plenty of time to sort out the first five steps on the list, but don't worry if you don't – we're here to help.

6. Choose a pediatrician

To save time and avoid stress during the busy days after delivery, you can make some decisions ahead of time, like choosing a pediatrician now to help keep your newborn healthy in the future.

We deliver miracles and memories every day

If you're expecting, you deserve the best for you and your baby. The UnityPoint Health – Allen Hospital Birth Center is proud to provide a patient satisfaction rating that ranks in the top 10 percent of a recent nationwide report by Press Ganey.

Where you deliver your baby matters

Private suites and comforting amenities including a whirlpool bath, sleeper sofa, full entertainment center and room service will provide a stress-free environment to welcome your new addition. Sometimes special attention is needed, and our Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) provides expert experience when it matters most.

Our services and features include:

  • Centralized fetal monitoring system
  • High-risk delivery services
  • C-section operating room located on the unit
  • Triage rooms for evaluation and testing
  • Skin to skin contact at birth after a vaginal or C-section delivery
  • Breastfeeding support services during your stay with us; continued breastfeeding support services after you are home
  • Advanced alarm infant security system
  • Newborn follow-up appointments available

Pre-register for Your Baby Delivery

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

Childbirth Education Classes for Expectant Families

Allen Hospital offers a variety of informational childbirth education classes to help prepare expectant mothers and their families for the experience of childbirth and parenting. It is our goal to provide up-to-date information in a fun and relaxing atmosphere.

Childbirth classes are offered at various times throughout the year to help meet the needs of all expectant families. Class size is limited and enrollment is based on first come, first served basis. We reserve the right to cancel or shorten a class due to low enrollment. To ensure class registration, payment must be received one week prior to class.

See classes available and register.

Professional Newborn Photographer

Allen Hospital has a professional photographer to capture the earliest photos of your newborn baby. Click here to see previous photos Allen babies.