It’s a huge decision. One that you need to be confident in. That’s why you should know that in Cedar Rapids, 3 out of 4 babies are born at UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital. I love my job because I can provide the 1 on 1 care that my loved ones would like to receive. Seeing the families smile and welcoming a new edition into the world, and making their stay as comforting as possible that’s what matters to me. Whether you’re a first time parent or a seasoned pro, free classes and support groups are available for your entire family. Including our popular daddy boot camp and our breast feeding support group, which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Visit unitypoint dot org slash cedar rapids for all of the available class options. In our classes we teach the most current information and also the safest ways to care for your baby so that when you go home you are both confident and comfortable knowing that you are providing the best possible care for your baby. When labor begins it’s all about you and your baby. You’ll have your own private birth suite throughout your entire stay allowing you to unpack and relax . After delivery your suite is transformed to include a queen sized bed so your support person can stay. You’ll enjoy all the comforts of home. You, your support person and your family are welcome to enjoy our nourishment center. Which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We take care of everything for you. Even setting up your baby’s first well check appointment. This one week check-up ensures your baby is growing and developing. And helps build a lasting relationship with your pediatric provider. St. Luke’s is the only hospital in Cedar Rapids offering maternal fetal medicine. Maternal fetal medicine is the specialty of high risk obstetrics or perinatology. Maternal fetal medicine specialists take care of two patients, the mother and the baby having complications such as heart disease, cancer, hypertension, diabetes. And the fetus who also may have complications. We also have pre-pregnancy consultations We see postpartum patients, we see critical care patients. Really anything on the spectrum which includes abnormal pregnancies. When you choose St. Luke’s you can feel confident in your choice as it’s the only regional level three neonatal intensive care unit in Cedar Rapids. Our experienced team of doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists technicians and other professionals care for over 200 babies per year for the last 30 years. Deliveries don’t always happen on a schedule. Deliveries happen when they happen and there is someone from the neonatology team to attend the delivery and deal with any problems 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Coming to the NICU is the last place they want to be. And we know that if we do our job well, it can have an impact on that child’s life for their whole life. So it’s truly a privilege and it’s trust that we take very seriously. St. Luke’s practices family centered care. Which puts your baby at the center of all we do. This means we encourage shared decision making between you and our team. If your baby should go to our NICU, the Ronald McDonald family room is available for a meal snack or conversation. Sleep rooms are also available so you can remain close to your baby during their NICU stay. Your baby will always be your baby. That’s why we also incorporate pediatric care into the Center for Women’s and Children’s Health. Our large private rooms provide a calm, healing environment for children and families. Our pediatric hospitalists are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer all of your questions. The best part of my day is working with kids. Kids are incredible and that’s why I went into pediatrics. Kids are innocent, their energetic and the are very resilient. Even when they get sick, they get better quickly. It’s what makes being a pediatric hospitalist really worth while. The St. Luke’s Women’s and Children’s Center is the areas most comprehensive for children and babies. We bring together neonatal intensive care, birth care and pediatrics as well as maternal fetal medicine. To provide children with the best possible inpatient care. The journey of having a family begins with the choice of where to have your child. Let us show you why you and your family matter to our world. You have a choice. Choose experience. Choose St. Luke’s.