Birth Care

If you're expecting a newborn, we want you to know what to expect when you come to University of Iowa Medical Center Downtown!


We provide a comfortable, home-like setting for baby's birth, the safety and comfort of modern medicine and technology and a highly skilled, caring nursing staff. The labor and delivery area provides Labor/Delivery/Recovery rooms (LDR) as well as one traditional cesarean delivery room.


Your safety and your baby's safety are very important. For this reason, we have a number of security measures, including video cameras, special staff identification badges and strict nursery policies in place. The maternity nurses will explain these measures after baby's birth.


Whenever a newborn arrives in the maternity unit, an experienced pediatrician is close at hand. Pediatric hospitalists are pediatricians who work primarily in hospitals.They care for babies and children in the newborn nursery and in the pediatrics unit. They work closely with a family’s regular pediatrician or other health care providers.

Feel more confident about pregnancy and parenting with Birth Care classes!

 Breastfeeding & Childbirth Prep Classes

Take a virtual tour of our Labor & Delivery and Maternal Child departments!

We recognize how special this time is and offers attentive and highly skilled maternity care, shaped to the needs of each mother and family.

Financial Matters

Financial planners are available to answer any questions you may have about insurance coverage, co-insurance and payment arrangements. For qualified patients, we offer a financial assistance program. To reach a financial counselor, call 319-339-3905.

Breast Feeding or Bottle Feeding?

If you have questions, please call a lactation consultant at 319-339-3975.

Breastfeeding Classes

Free weekly support group for breastfeeding mothers