Obstetrical care at UnityPoint Health - Marshalltown is offered in a modern, warm and inviting setting dedicated to a woman’s unique health needs. Giving birth is one of the greatest joys you can experience. At the Women’s Care Center, nurses and physicians work together to provide special care for you, your family and your newborn. Our staff is dedicated to you.
To further enhance the comfort and safety of patients in the Women's Care Center, CIH has implemented an electronic security access system. This system is used in conjunction with other patient safety programs to provide a comfortable and secure environment for all. This security system prevents infants from being wrongfully removed from the Women’s Care Center. In the event of a newborn being placed within the range of a door sensor, all the doors in the center automatically lock and an alarm will sound, alerting all staff in the hospital.
A dedicated staff member of Anesthesiologists and Certified Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) is available around the clock to provide pain control options for your comfort. Intrathecal pain management offers the following advantages to mother and baby:
Good nutrition is very important during pregnancy and after delivery. Our staff of clinical dietitians will gladly schedule a consultation with you on a variety of topics:
You must have your physician’s referral for a consultation.
Our Women’s Care Center also offers a Patient Room Service program. The program will allow patients to select their meals from a menu of nearly 100 different foods. With Patient Room Service, patients order what they want to eat, when they want to eat. All meals are delivered within 30 minutes of ordering, guaranteed. Meals are available anytime from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
There are certified breastfeeding educators on staff at the Women’s Care Center. During your stay, one of our staff members will talk with you to provide breastfeeding education and support. Outpatient breastfeeding education is available and a breastfeeding support group meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. and the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. Mothers have the opportunity to share ideas and helpful hints with other mothers. A certified breastfeeding educator is present to share in the discussion and answer questions. If questions or issues with breastfeeding occur once you are home, you can call (641) 754-5166 to set up an appointment with a breastfeeding educator. There is no charge for this service.
Pre-admission forms are included with this brochure or can be sent to you. If you need a form, please call (641) 754-5115. You may pre-register anytime prior to delivery. Our pre-registration service saves you time by allowing you to go directly to the Women’s Care Center on the first floor of UnityPoint Health - Marshalltown on the day you check in to deliver.
If you have questions about payment options or insurance coverage, please call the Business Office at 754-5117. The business office staff will help you with answers to your specific questions about payment.
Our Patient & Family Services staff assist patients, their families and other support persons in meeting needs they may experience as a result of illness and injury. Included are services which will assist you in transition from UnityPoint Health - Marshalltown to home or place of discharge. There is no charge for their services. Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Building Healthy Families is a multi-agency, collaborative home visitation program that is designed to provide culturally competent health care, child development and parent education, family support, and information and referral services to all parents of newborns who reside in Marshall County. This model program encourages collaboration to assist families with children ages birth to five years. It has established a well-defined continuum of community based services that are initiated prenatal and continue after birth. The program draws on the staff, expertise and funding of the following health and human service providers: UnityPoint Health - Marshalltown, the Foundation, Home Care, Marshalltown OB/GYN, Primary Health Center and Child Abuse Prevention Services, the lead agency for the program. It is the belief of the program that by focusing on the needs of parents of newborns and providing them with comprehensive services, the family will be safer, healthier and better equipped to be their child’s first teacher.
Our visiting hours allow you to share your joy with family and friends. Fathers, support persons, grandparents, siblings and others are welcome to visit. We encourage participating in this joyous time and learning about the new baby. To protect your newborn, children or adults with colds, fever or communicable disease cannot be in direct contact with your baby. During your stay, we encourage visitors to come before 9 p.m., except for fathers and significant others.