Receive the highest level of care for breastfeeding moms and babies at Birthways, the only obstetrics program in central Iowa to receive Baby-Friendly designation by Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. Discover what this prestigious designation means for you care.
Your Home Away From Home
Birthways has 22 private patient rooms, including 13 labor/delivery/recovery/postpartum (LDRP) rooms and nine standard rooms. The LDRP rooms are specially designed so that from start to finish, you can stay in the same room.
Birthways also has three outpatient rooms for women being checked for active labor; a Level II, four-bed neonatal intensive care unit (NICU); and two operating rooms for cesarean births. Even if your baby needs a little help meeting the world, you’ll never leave the comfort of Birthways.
You’ll enjoy a variety of amenities to ensure a great stay on Birthways, including:
- Room service available from 7am-10pm
- Snacks and beverages available 24/7
- On-floor refrigerator for goodies you or your visitors might bring
- Whirlpool tubs
- A family waiting room to accommodate all the relatives awaiting the news
- Flat screen TV equipped with cable and built-in DVD player
- Wireless access to keep everyone up to date
- Comfort menu
Questions about the rooms or services in Birthways? Call us at 515-239-2444 or 800-951-9222. Email inquiries can be sent firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mary Greeley Medical Center Designated Blue Distinction® Center+ for Maternity Care
Mary Greeley Medical Center is among the first hospitals in the nation to receive the Blue Distinction® Center+ for Maternity Care designation, a new designation under the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.
The Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield program is designed to help prospective parents find hospitals that deliver quality, affordable maternity care. The program evaluates hospitals on several quality measures, including the percentage of newborns that fall into the category of early elective delivery, an ongoing concern in the medical community. Compared with babies born 39 weeks or later, early term infants face higher risks of infant death and respiratory ailments such as respiratory distress syndrome, pneumonia, and respiratory failure, among other conditions. These babies also have a higher rate of admission to Neonatal Intensive Care Units. Mary Greeley has not had an early elective delivery in almost two years.
In addition, hospitals that receive a Blue Distinction Center+ for Maternity Care designation agreed to meet requirements that align with principles that support evidence-based practices of care, as well as having initiated programs to promote successful breastfeeding, as described in the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative by Baby-Friendly USA. Mary Greeley was designated as a Baby-Friendly hospital in January. It is the second and largest hospital in the state to earn the designation.
Skilled Staff Who Care
You want to be in the hands of caring people you can trust when you have your baby. Our nurses and doctors are highly trained professionals that take an exceptionally personal approach to your care.
- All physicians are board certified.
- All registered nurses are specially trained in obstetrical and neonatal care.
- Anesthesiologists provide coverage for epidurals, pain medication and other procedures are available 24/7.
- Nurse-midwives are certified by the American College of Nurse-Midwives.
- Lactation consultants and breastfeeding educators are available 24/7.
- Pediatric hospitalists, doctors specialized in caring for children in the hospital, are available 24/7.
- Discharge planners are provided to help you and your baby transition home.
Build the Bond
Your spacious and private room provides a wonderful environment for bonding. We allow you and the baby to room in together. This practice provides you the opportunity to learn your baby's hunger cues and night behaviors with the support of the nursing staff. On Birthways we encourage rooming in with your newborn as much as possible. The safest place for your baby to sleep is in the crib on his/her back.
Welcome family and friends who want to meet your new baby and share in your joyful experience. Birthways has an open visitation policy. You will want to be sure any potential visitors are healthy. Your guests will need to check in at the Birthways front desk first so we can call your room to make sure you’re up for visitors.
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