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Despite your preparation, "Should we go now?" will still be your first question. The knowledge gained from classes and books will be more important than ever. Your trip will be filled with anticipation and excitement.
Drive into the parking ramp on 8th Street SE, off 8th Avenue. Park at the south end of Level 3. The entrance is clearly marked "BIRTHPLACE."
If you feel you are in an emergency situation or that birth is imminent (you have a strong urge to push) at any time of the day or night, have the driver of the vehicle pull directly to the Emergency Room. Help is just inside and to the right.
If you are concerned about symptoms you are experiencing or have any questions, please call your doctor's office or the Birthplace at (319) 398-6350. These resources will help you determine if your condition should be monitored at the Birthplace.
When it's time, the Birthplace offers a variety of state-of-the-art medical services to ensure a safe delivery.
Of course, all babies are special, but some need more care than others. That's the role of our Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). With its highly trained and expert staff, the NICU delivers and cares for babies born as early as 30 weeks.
In case your baby needs to be delivered via C-section, check out the Operating Room video below:
Mercy Birthplace C-Section Operating Room Tour