- Abnormal bleeding
- Abnormal pap smears
- Infertility diagnosis and treatment
- Pelvic pain
- Incontinence -- fecal and urinary
- Pelvic organ prolapse – fallen bladder, rectum or uterus
- Preventive care - Breast examinations, pap smears, sexually transmitted
- Low-risk pregnancy care
High-risk pregnancy care
- Abruption (placenta separating prematurely
- Amniotic fluid problems (too much or too little)
- Excessive nausea and vomiting (hyperemesis)
- High blood pressure
- Multiple gestation (twins)
- Placenta previa (placenta covering cervix)
- Poor fetal growth
- Recurrent pregnancy loss
Care after childbirth
Abortion services are not offered.
Great River Women’s Health patients get their mammograms at Great
River Medical Center, which is next to our Eastman Plaza clinic. The hospital
offers 3-D mammography, also called tomosynthesis, to provide the best
breast-imaging technology available.
Tomosynthesis creates a 3-D image of the breast by using several low-dose
digital X-rays taken at different angles. A computer converts the images
into a stack of thin layers, allowing radiologists to review breast tissue
one layer at a time.
In a clinical study, use of the Selenia Dimension system – the equipment
Great River Medical Center uses – resulted in a:
- 41 percent increase in the detection of invasive breast cancers
- 40 percent reduction in false positive results
- 29 percent increase in the detection of all breast cancers
- 15 percent decrease in women recalled for additional imaging
We offer 3-D/4-D ultrasound to check fetal growth and diagnose other conditions.
4-D refers to the images you see on a monitor during the procedure, and
3-D refers to still pictures that are taken.
Ultrasound is like ordinary sound except it has a frequency (or pitch)
higher than people can hear. Ultrasound is sent into the body from a scanning
instrument called a transducer that is placed on the abdomen or in the
vagina. The sound is reflected off internal structures and analyzed by
a computer to make a picture on a monitor. Ultrasound should be used only
where medical benefit is expected.
Our ultrasound services are accredited by the American Institute of Ultrasound
in Medicine Ultrasound Practice Accreditation Council.
Great River Medical Center offers each prenatal class several times a year.
Baby-care Basics helps new parents learn the essentials of caring for a newborn. It includes
parenting tips and car-seat safety information.
Big Brother and Big Sister helps children ages 2 through 10 develop realistic expectations about their
new baby brother or baby sister. It also helps reduce the anxiety about
being separated from their mothers.
Childbirth Prep is for women in their sixth or seventh months of pregnancy and their husbands
or birth coaches. It includes information about labor and delivery, birthing
videos, breathing and relaxation techniques, pain-relief options, and
a tour of Great River Women and Family Center.
CPR for Infants and Children – Learning cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and other lifesaving
techniques is one of the best gifts you can give your child. The goal
of this class is to ensure adequate instruction and practice so class
members can calmly and effectively react when a baby or young child requires
emergency care for breathing or choking problems. Certification is not offered.
Prenatal Breastfeeding – For expectant mothers who want to learn more about breastfeeding
their babies. Fathers are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Great River Women and Family Center
Women who deliver their babies at Great River Medical Center have the comfort
and convenience of remaining in one room for the labor, delivery, recovery
and postpartum experiences. (Cesarean-section births are performed in
a surgical suite in the Women and Family Center.)
Each spacious private room has:
- Bathroom with jet tub and shower
- Guest bed
- View of the health system’s campus or lake
The Women and Family Center encourages skin-to-skin contact between mothers
and babies for the first hour of life. It helps newborns adapt to their
post-birth environment by stabilizing temperature, heart rate and oxygen
level. Early “kangaroo care” also can make breastfeeding easier
and improve babies’ sleep.
A lactation consultant meets with all mothers to discuss newborns’
nutrition needs. Donor breast milk is available for newborns with special
needs and those who need supplemental milk while their mothers are breastfeeding.
Our compassionate care continues after mothers and babies go home. A registered
nurse provides home visits for Southeast Iowa residents through a program
sponsored by the Des Moines County Public Health Department.
A walk-in Breastfeeding Clinic from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays provides help
and reassurance to new mothers.
Visiting is unrestricted for fathers. Other relatives and friends over
14 may visit from noon to 2 p.m., and 4 to 9 p.m. Mother’s rest
time is 2 to 4 p.m. Visiting is restricted during flu season.