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Birthing Center

Moms Are Amazing

You're going to be a BFF, a personal chef, tutor, healer, cheerleader... and so much more.

You're going to be amazing. Choosing an amazing team to have your back in the doctor's office and at the hospital will help get you started.

Where you deliver your baby matters

Newly-renovated private suites, comforting amenities and patient experience scores that rank in the top 10 percent nationwide 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.

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

1. Choose a doctor

Take into consideration the experience of all staff, your birthing center and the level of care provided at the NICU (we're here just in case). After you find a doctor for your pregnancy, Remember you also need to choose a pediatrician who will help keep your new baby healthy for years to come.

2. Take a tour

This is where you will hold your baby for the first time. Whoa. Come check out where it's all going to happen so you know what to expect. Personal tours take 15-20 minutes, and one of 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 you can watch our video tour.


3. Pre-register your delivery

Not everyone gets to plan their hospital stay, but you do. Take care of your registration beforehand by letting us know your contact and insurance information and a few more details about your upcoming delivery. Then plan on skipping that step (and stress) when you check in.

4. Read up on credible information and tips

Baby bumps have a way of attracting a lot of tips and suggestions from loved ones. Take all of that advice in the spirit in which it's intended, and you can also browse our extensive library of evidence-based information. Remember our team of experts are on your side as well.

5. Go to your first pre-natal appointment

Your first visit is typically at about the 8-10 week mark. That gives you some time to sort out other items on this 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.

7. Attend a birth class

From labor and birth education, to lamaze to breastfeeding support. Resources are available to make your experience extra special. Learn more about all the classes we offer.

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.

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.