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Mercy’s Perinatal Center of Iowa (PCI) offers a complete spectrum of services dedicated to mothers-to-be—including the management of high risk pregnancies, obstetric ultrasounds, prenatal screenings and inpatient care.

Questionscall (515) 643-6888. Mon-Thur, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Fri, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Specialized Care

While most pregnancies proceed normally, some require special care. This may be due to a special circumstance known in advance of pregnancy, such as when a mother has a pre-existing medical condition. Other complications with a pregnancy may be discovered during prenatal testing or during the course of the pregnancy.

You should seek special care before you become pregnant if you:

  • Have diabetes
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Are pregnant before age 18 or after age 34
  • Have a history of miscarriage, stillbirth or pre-term birth
  • Have a family history of genetic disorders
  • Have been exposed to drugs, X-rays or other harmful agents
  • Are extremely over- or under-weight
  • Have tested positive for HIV and/or other sexually transmitted diseases

To help ensure the birth of a healthy baby, it is highly suggested that you:

  • Seek pre-conception care from your health care provider to identify any risks or problems before becoming pregnant.
  • Seek genetic counseling if there is a history of genetic disorders, or if you are over age 34.
  • See your health care provider as soon as you become pregnant to set up a schedule for prenatal care. During this visit, discuss your risk factors.
  • While you are pregnant, avoid smoking, drinking alcohol and taking any drugs, unless prescribed by a physician.
  • Avoid chemicals in the workplace or at home.
  • Avoid high temperatures, including hot baths, saunas or hot tubs.

Get your free packet of birthing information today!

To request your free packet of information simply contact us today! Be sure to include your name and mailing address in the request.

Do I need a referral to receive care through PCI?

While most of our patients are referred to PCI by other health care providers, you may call our office directly to schedule an appointment in the situations below:

  • If you are considering pregnancy, but have concerns due to problems in a previous pregnancy, concerning family history or your health, you can schedule a preconception consultation visit.
  • If you are currently pregnant and had previous problems with pregnancy or a medical condition that might impact pregnancy, you may schedule an appointment to review your personal history and determine the need for care by a perinatologist.
  • If you are expecting more than one baby, you may call PCI to initiate complete obstetric care.

Before your Appointment

If your appointment is scheduled a few weeks in advance, we suggest you jot down your questions and concerns so you can share them with our staff. Please plan on arriving 15-30 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. This will give you time to register and complete any paperwork that is needed. 

Test Results, Prescription Refills

For test results or prescription refills, please call during business hours. To allow enough time to complete paperwork before your appointment, please arrive 20 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. 

In case of an emergency

If you have an emergency, please do not hesitate to call anytime! A physician is always available by calling (515) 643-6888.


Children are welcome in our office, but please remember they have a short attention span and can quickly become bored “watching the baby.” We ask that you bring another adult to watch younger children during your appointment. If you are unable to make other arrangements, please call to reschedule your appointment. 

Patient Billing

Payment or co-payment for office services is expected at the time care is received. Our office accepts payment by cash, check, Visa or MasterCard. For your convenience, a list of our fees is available upon request.

We participate with most insurance plans; however, it is your responsibility to know if your insurance company permits you to be seen in our office without a referral from a primary care physician or if your benefits may be reduced because of out-of-network services.

If your insurance requires pre-certification for you to be seen in our office, please check with your primary physician’s office to see that this has been completed.

After your appointment, PCI will submit charges on your behalf to your insurance company.  If PCI does not participate with your particular insurance company, you will be responsible for any amount above your insurance company’s allowed amount.

Referral Labs

Perinatal Center of Iowa (PCI) partners with proven laboratories to ensure our patients receive the highest quality, most accurate test results.

In most cases, the testing facility we send your sample to will bill your insurance company directly. Because some health insurance companies require certain types of tests to be sent to specific labs, we recommend you contact your insurance company ahead of time to determine if it has policies about using a particular lab for the test(s) you are having.

If you receive instructions from your health insurance company, please let us know so we can note them in your chart. You may also ask your insurance company to contact us directly with questions.

(515) 247-3121
1111 6th Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50314

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