About Maternity Services

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About Maternity Services

Making the birth of your child a pleasant experience filled with precious memories is our goal.  HCHC Maternity Services provides personalized care to make your experience individualized and to meet your special needs.  Below is a list of topics that will help you in planning for your birth experience and explain the services we provide during your stay at HCHC and after care services for you and your baby.

  • Choosing Your Baby’s Doctor
  • Preparing For Your Baby’s Birth
  • Birthing Options
  • “Rooming In”
  • Care and Feeding
  • Snack Center
  • Room Service
  • Infant Care Education Videos
  • Photos
  • “Hotel” Service
  • Home Visitor Program
  • Payment Information


Physicians & Clinics of Henry County Health Center offers healthcare professionals who specialize in Women’s Health Services. Obstetrics care provided by our board certified obstetrician/gynecologist and two certified nurse-midwives, ensure that area women receive high quality prenatal care, labor and birth, and postpartum care. Michael Ryskin, M.D., has OB/GYN experience in women’s health, obstetrics and gynecology. Certified Nurse-Midwives Kari Payne and Kendra Bonnesen both have several years of obstetrics experience, including experience as prenatal instructors, extensive knowledge on lactation/breastfeeding, and more. To schedule an appointment to meet with these providers, please call 319-385-6770.

Preparing For Your Baby’s Birth

If you are planning to have a baby at HCHC, you may pre-admit.  Simply print the form, complete and leave it at the Admissions Desk or mail it to HCHC, 407 S. White Street, Mount Pleasant, IA  52641.  Using this form will speed your admission to the hospital.  Download the HCHC Maternity Services Pre-Admission Registration Form (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

Birthing Options

HCHC offers birthing rooms in which labor and delivery occur in a home-like atmosphere.

Pain Management Options

  • Hyponobirthing
  • Non Pharmacologic
  • IV Pain Medicine
  • Epidural Anesthesia

“Rooming In”

Not every new mom is the same.  Some moms are very tired after delivery; others have lots of energy and cannot sleep.  We will try to accommodate your preferences after your baby is born.

Whether you choose to breast-feed or bottle-feed your baby, we will be glad to help you.  You will have the option of keeping your baby with you in your room or keeping him or her in the nursery.  Many mothers choose to keep their babies in their rooms with them during the day and then in the nursery at night.

If You…

…breast-feed your baby and keep him or her in our nursery, our nurses will bring your baby to you when he or she is ready to eat.

…keep your baby in your room with you in a bassinet, you may breast-feed as you desire when the baby is hungry.  Our nurses will come in periodically to change the baby’s diapers and to bathe him or her.  If you bottle-feed, the nurses will bring you bottles when your baby is ready to eat.

…keep your baby in your room with you during the day and in the nursery at night.  If you are bottle-feeding your baby, we will not awaken you in the night.  If you are breast-feeding your baby, we will bring the baby to you when he or she needs to eat and any other time you wish to be with your infant.

Snack Center

A snack center is provided for your convenience and enjoyment.

Room Service

In place of the regular menu, it is our privilege to provide room service 7 days a week at no additional charge for Maternity Patients on general diets.  Breakfast is served anytime from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily.  Lunch is served from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Deli sandwich plate and items from the grill are available from 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily.  Dinner is served from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  A full menu listing your choices will be provided for you.  Family members can receive a guest tray for an additional charge of $3.75.

Infant Care Education Videos

During your stay, you will see several short videos on infant care, parenting and self-care.  Our nurses are always happy to do individual teaching on any other questions you may have.  It is our goal to help you feel comfortable and confident in caring for yourself and your infant.


You may choose to have your infant’s photograph taken by the hospital staff on the day of your dismissal.  You will be given a brochure with details for ordering information and pricing during your hospital stay.  If you have a special outfit or blanket for a background, be sure to bring it with you.  We will post your baby’s photo on our web nursery if you would like so your family and friends from afar can see your baby.  Your nurse will give you details about this free service.

“Hotel” Service

In some cases, the infant is required to stay at the hospital after the mom has been discharged.  If you are breast-feeding or if you live outside of town, you may choose to use our “hotel” service. With this service, you may stay in the Maternity Services Department or on the Medical/Surgical Unit (depending on space availability) to be near your baby. Because you have been discharged by your physician, you are free to come and go as you please.

Payment Information

You will receive separate bills from your Physician and from Henry County Health Center.  Included in HCHC’s bill are the following:

  • The daily room rate
  • Daily nursery rate
  • Delivery charge
  • Supplies

Our Patient Financial Services staff will be happy to arrange pre-payment. If you are interested in learning about what financial assistance is available, contact HCHC’s Social Services at (319) 385-6740.

Please call us if you have any questions. We look forward to serving you and your new baby!