Genesis BirthCenter   

Genesis can help you before, during and after your pregnancy. We deliver hundreds of babies each month and and have the expertise to help you have a successful pregnancy and a healthy baby. Visit our Davenport and Silvis Birth Centers to experience the tender loving care we’re famous for.

Delivery at Genesis

More than 2,500 births each year, or a majority of the births in the Quad Cities, happen at the birthing centers at Genesis' Davenport and Silvis campuses. If you have your baby at Genesis, you will:

  • Be treated to the comforts of home
  • Be provided the amenities of a hotel with spacious birthing suites including armoires with TVs and DVD's, whirlpool tubs, hair dryers and adjustable lighting
  • Be surrounded by advanced technology
  • Experience tender-loving care from medical experts

Advanced Care

The Davenport and Silvis campuses also offer the latest technology and care for high-risk and sick babies. Silvis has a Level II Special Care Nursery. The Davenport campus has the region's most advanced Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, or NICU, that treats approximately 250 babies each year in a family-friendly setting. The NICU at Davenport is a Level II Regional Neonatology Center that offers the medical support of the neonatology staff at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic.

Healthy Pregnancy

Did You Know?

  • 50% of pregnancies are unplanned.
  • One out of every 33 babies in the U.S. is born with a birth defect.
  • Many birth defects can be prevented.
  • Taking folic acid before and during pregnancy can help prevent major birth defects of the baby’s brain and spine. 
  • Poorly controlled diabetes during pregnancy can increase the chances of birth defects.

Get Smart Before You Get Pregnant

It’s a good idea to consult with your doctor and begin preparing even before you get pregnant. Start taking a daily multivitamin with folic acid (400-800 mcg) for at least a month before getting pregnant (or as directed by your doctor). Folic acid can help prevent birth defects. 

  • Make sure your vaccinations are up to date.
  • Get medical conditions such as diabetes, asthma, obesity or epilepsy under control.
  • Avoid alcohol, smoking, and other drug use.
  • Prevent infections. Avoid germs, toxic substances, chemicals and cat and rodent feces. Wash hands regularly.

You may also want to consider genetic testing and counseling before you get pregnant if you have a family history of genetic conditions or have had problems with pregnancy in the past.(Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services; the National Women’s Health Information Center)

Now That You're Pregnant

Ideally, prenatal care should begin even before conception, but it becomes crucial as soon as you think you’re pregnant. Women who get good prenatal care have healthier babies and are less likely to deliver prematurely.
  • See your doctor as soon as you think you're pregnant and regularly throughout your pregnancy. 
  • Take a daily multivitamin with folic acid (400-800 mcg or as directed by your doctor). Folic acid can help prevent birth defects.
  • Check with your doctor before starting or stopping any medication.
  • Talk with your doctor about prenatal tests and newborn screenings.
  • Eat healthfully and stay hydrated.
  • Stay active—it can help you have a healthier pregnancy and an easier delivery. Ask your doctor if you have any problems that would restrict your exercise.

    Helpful Resources


    Have a Healthy Pregnancy - U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
    What You Should Know About Pregnancy - Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
    Preventing Birth Defects - Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
    Pregnancy Planning - March of Dimes
    Pregnancy Library - Medline Plus

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