Birthways at Mary Greeley Medical Center is where expectant mothers from throughout central Iowa come to deliver their babies. Birthways knows babies. In fact, we welcome more than 1,000 newborns into the world each year. Our unit is designed with you and your family in mind, providing you a convenient, comfortable, soothing place to have your baby.

We Are Ready for You

Kara's Birthways Story, Video Preview - Click image to play YouTube Video

With two 4-year-olds running around the home,
Kara wasn't sure she was ready for another. 

Even though she had children, the family needed to
relearn how to be parents of a "new little human."

Listen to Kara's Story


Birthways is designated as a Baby-Friendly hospital by Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. This is recognition of the quality of care our breastfeeding moms and babies receive. Learn more on our Baby Friendly/Lactation Services page.

About Birthways - Your home away from home

Here at Birthways we have 22 private patient rooms - 13 labor/delivery/recovery/postpartum (LDRP) rooms and 9 standard rooms. The LDRP rooms are specially designed so that from start to finish, you can stay in the same room.

Birthways also has two 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.

Want to see a Birthways room? Come visit us and register online for a guided Birthways tour! Or give us a call at 515-239-2444 or 800-951-9222.

Additional features to help you have a happy stay:

  • 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

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.
Blue Distinction

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.
  • Anesthesiologist coverage for epidurals, pain medication and other procedures is available 24/7.
  • Nurse-midwives are certified by the American College of Nurse-Midwives.
  • Lactation consultants and breastfeeding educators are available 24/7.
  • Three pediatric hospitalists, doctors specialized in caring for children in the hospital.
  • 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.

Visitors & Naptime

Mary Greeley has a responsibility to provide an atmosphere that supports and promotes patient recovery. Adequate rest is necessary for a rapid recovery. We also recognize the therapeutic role that visitors play in the healing process. Mary Greeley ensures the right of a patient to receive visitors consistent with patient preferences, including, but not limited to, a spouse, a domestic partner (including a same-sex domestic partner), another family member, or a friend. The patient has the right to withdraw or deny his or her consent to receive specific visitors.

Patient visitation rights are subject to Mary Greeley Medical Center’s justified clinical restrictions. Such restrictions may be imposed when it is considered necessary to provide safe care to the patient or other patients. A justified clinical restriction may include, but need not be limited to one or more of the following circumstances:

  • There may be infection control issues;
  • Visitation may interfere with the care of other patients;
  • The hospital is aware that there is an existing court order restricting contact;
  • Visitors engage in disruptive, threatening, or violent behavior of any kind;
  • The patient or patient’s roommate(s) need privacy;
  • The patient is undergoing a clinical intervention or procedure and the treating health care professional believes it is in the patient‘s best interest to limit visitation during the clinical intervention or procedure.

For our Birthways unit, we request that all visitors check in at the Birthways front desk. This is to ensure the privacy and security of our patients. We provide a mid-afternoon quiet time from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., during which napping is encouraged. Please consider this when planning a visit.

Safe and sound

We want your family to feel safe, so our unit features a comprehensive security system that offers additional protection for our newborns, including:

  • Matching identification bands for baby, mom, and one person of mom’s choosing
  • Electronic transmitters that lock exit doors
  • Surveillance cameras that monitor each exit off the floor at all times

There are also things you can do that will help ensure the safety of you and your infant during your stay:

  • Only allow staff members to take your baby from your room after you’ve checked their identification.
  • Never leave your baby alone or unsupervised in your room.
  • Place your baby’s crib out of direct view of the door.
  • Always verify your ID bracelet with your baby’s if you have been separated.
  • Call your nurse if you are unsure about anyone who comes into your room or asks about your baby.

Learn More

There's lots to think about before having your baby! We want to help, so we put together some great information, including:

Tour Birthways

See why more moms choose Birthways! Register online for a guided Birthways tour or give us a call at 515-239-2444 or 800-951-9222.

Sign up for a tour.


Pre-registration is necessary to ensure that we have all of your pertinent insurance and contact information.

Pre-Register for a Birthways Baby Delivery

Have a MyChart account?

You can pre-register using your MyChart account. Please know, you will be prompted to log in to your account. Don't have an account? Sign up now.

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Baby Photos

Baby Photos

Check out some of the cutest babies around in our online nursery!