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Click here for information on our childbirth, breastfeeding, new baby and infant safety classes – as well as other events and programs at Skiff Medical Center.


Labor and Delivery

Having a baby is a joyous, miraculous experience – one made even more special for new moms and their loved ones by the personalized, one-on-one care given in the nurturing, family-oriented environment at Skiff Medical Center. Our staff members enjoy making your stay as pleasant as possible.

Our beautiful, private birthing suites, renovated in fall 2011, combine all the comforts of home with modern medical technology. You'll experience labor, delivery and your postpartum stay in the same comfortable room. During your labor and delivery, you'll have access to the latest in pain control techniques (including epidural anesthesia) through your physician and our anesthesia department.

The safety of you and your child is our top priority. That is why we use the United Hospital Services Hugs Infant Security System. Designed to prevent infant abductions, the system utilizes a “Hugs” radio transmitter tag contained in a small casing, attached to the baby using a tamper-proof strap. This system features skin-sensing technology, which activates as soon as the band is placed on the baby in the minutes after birth. If this band is cut, removed or tampered with, alarms will sound to alert staff and the unit will go into lockdown status to ensure the safety of the baby.

We will shower you with individual attention during your stay, including room service that lets you eat what you want, when you want. By the time you return home with your baby, you'll have very special memories of the way we helped your family grow.

After your baby arrives, you'll enjoy a full complement of services through Skiff Medical Center, including:

  • Our “Weigh to Grow” program offers a weekly opportunity to monitor your baby's weight and developmental growth.
  • Parents may choose to have a Skiff Medical Center audiologist perform a newborn hearing test on their baby. This simple test can identify possible hearing loss even before the baby leaves the hospital.
  • Our lactation consultant is available to help new mothers and babies learn to breastfeed. She can answer questions, solve problems and follow up with visits to the home.

Contact us

To learn more about the labor and delivery services we provide for expectant mother and families in Newton, Jasper County and the Des Moines area, call (641) 791-4357.  If you're looking for breastfeeding support and education, please contact Christine Hinshaw, IBCLC, at chinshaw@skiffmed.com or (641) 791-4817. In addition, expectant moms who are receiving their prenatal care at Newton Clinic will receive the free informational booklet "Proud to be Born at Skiff."  If you would like to order additional copies, you can do so by clicking here.

Skiff Medical Center
204 N. 4th Ave E.
Newton, Iowa 50208
Phone: (641) 792-1273
Toll-free: (888) 792-1273

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Skiff Medical Center, a member of Mercy Health Network, is located in Newton, Iowa. We provide services to Jasper County residents in all major health areas, including general surgery, orthopedic surgery, radiology, obstetrics, emergency medicine, hospice, home care, laboratory, respiratory, audiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. The Skiff Specialty Clinic hosts more than 20 physicians specializing in cardiology, dermatology, ENT, gastroenterology, nephrology, neurology, oncology, pulmonology and urology.
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