I had an absolutely wonderful delivery and birth experience. Dr. Gerst is wonderful, he checked on me while in labor all day even though he had so many other patients to see at the clinic. My OB nurse, Gretchen, did everything she could to make sure I was comfortable.
Lisa Hough, Patient

OB and Family Health

Helping you welcome the newest addition to your growing family!

RMC's OB & Family Health department is here to make each pregnancy and birth experience personalized and supportive.




An OB nurse is available to answer your questions, any time, day or night. Staff are available to care for you during labor, delivery, and postpartum, as well as to perform C-sections and provide epidurals or other pain management options 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

To get to the OB Department, park in Lot 2 and use Entrance E. Visiting hours to the department are 8:30AM-8:30PM daily.

Pre-natal and Post-natal care is provided as well through Regional Family Health. OB providers are available in the Edgewood, DyersvilleHopkintonManchester, Strawberry Point, and Winthrop locations. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Regional Family Health at 563-927-7777.


Regional Medical Center OB & Family Health is committed to delivering excellent healthcare to mothers-to-be.

Prenatal Testing

Prenatal lab and radiology diagnostic testing will be coordinated with the RMC Lab and Radiology Departments. Your provider will see you in the clinic, then arrange for diagnostic testing based on your health assessment and gestation.

At times during your pregnancy, you may need to be evaluated in the OB & and Family Health Department using our fetal heart monitors and diagnostic testing equipment. Your provider will coordinate this care during your pregnancy.

Labor and Delivery

Our skilled nurses will be with you during your labor and delivery. After your baby is born, you can rest, restore your health, and bond with your baby while our nurses oversee your care.

Surgeons and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists are available 24/7 to provide the following services:

  • Pain Control, including epidural
  • Anesthesia Services
  • Operating Room Services, including C-section
  • Labor Inductions
  • Centralized Fetal Monitoring

Nursing Services

Nursing services include:

  • Hearing tests
  • Photo therapy
  • Oxygen level monitoring
  • Specialized nursery services
  • Car seat check
  • Post-natal education
  • Discharge instructions

Services After Discharge

  • Weight and Bili Checks: Free weight and Bili checks (checking for jaundice) are offered after you and your baby are discharged. The OB & Family Health Department will help schedule follow-up appointments and care.
  • Well Child Checks: Maintain your peace of mind knowing that the provider who cared for you and your baby in the hospital will continue to care for you. Infant well child checks are performed by your family practice provider at any of the Regional Family Health clinics.
  • Dietary: RMC Dietitians offer services regarding healthy weight loss and dietary needs.
  • WIC: WIC (Woman, Infants, & Children) is a supplemental nutrition program for babies, children under the age of 5, pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and women who have had a baby in the last 6 months. WIC helps families be providing healthy foods, nutrition education, and referrals to other healthcare agencies. To find the agency closest to you, go to www.idph.state.ia.us/wic or call 1-800-532-1579.
  • Caring For Moms: Your nurses will care for you with the same personalized attention as they give your new baby. OB nurses will assist and educate you on how to care for yourself as you recover from birth and prepare to go home. You will also be given a complimentary 30 minutes massage certificate that can be enjoyed at RMC 6 months after delivery.
  • Caring For Baby: The OB & Family Health Department staff will help you care for your new infant and provide you with the education to nurture your baby after discharge. You and your support person will be able to room with your infant in a private room. Your healthcare providers will educate on proper infant care and newborn safety issues. Newborn care such as diapering, circumcision care, bathing, feeding, and other infant care will be demonstrated and reviewed during your stay.


Prenatal Education Classes

Click here to view a list of Prepared Childbirth, Breastfeeding, and Sibling classes.

Web-Enhanced Parent Guides
Watch videos, access web tools, and download worksheets.

Reference Websites/Resources

Breastfeeding and Medications Reference Websites

Please speak with your provider about any medications used during breastfeeding.

Paternity Affidavits*

RMC is required by law to present information to parents about paternity affidavits. The paternity affidavit is a free form parents complete and file with the Bureau of Health Statistics to legally establish paternity. Unmarried parents will receive a paternity affidavit at the hospital where the mother gives birth. The paternity affidavit can be completed by the biological parents of the child at any time after the child is born — there is no age limit to establish paternity through a paternity affidavit.

To understand more about paternity affidavits and the importance of establishing paternity see either Unmarried Parents: Here's what you need to know about legal fathers or the Spanish version of Unmarried Parents: Here's what you need to know about legal fathers.

*Information from the Iowa Department of Human Services


RMC is fortunate enough to have an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant on staff. If you are considering breastfeeding and you would like more information during your stay at RMC, please request a consultation.

Shelley Dolan, BSN, RN, CBE, IBCLC                                                  

Certified Lactation Consultant


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