Care You Can Trust
Our clinic opened in 1990. It is a faith-based, non-profit clinic providing comprehensive services for the unique health care needs of women of all ages: those entering adolescence, embracing motherhood, maintaining wellness or making life transitions. Unlimited support and health care education is provided by Board Certified Nurse Midwives, a women's health nurse practitioner, registered nurses, dieticians, social workers and other clinic staff members.
Our clinic is staffed exclusively by women. We also have the privilege of working closely with a practice of OB/GYN physicians, Partners in Obstetrics and Gynecology. When a woman has a health care need outside our midwives’ scope of practice or expertise, our midwives will consult or refer care accordingly. Women needing inpatient or outpatient hospital based services will receive excellent family-centered care in the safest, most nurturing environment possible at Covenant Medical Center.
Our Board Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) are registered nurses with advanced practice training. They have a master’s degree in midwifery and are board certified to offer expert and personalized care for normal pregnancy, childbirth, and gynecology. Our midwives are skilled professionals in supporting women to maintain a healthy pregnancy and birth as well as offering individualized health care, education and counseling to women throughout their life cycle.
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Services We Offer
Pregnancy and Post-Delivery Care
- CenteringPregnancy® Model of Health Care*
- Pregnancy and Post-Delivery Care
- Free Pregnancy Testing
- Midwives on call 24 hours a day
- Family Planning Education and Counseling
- Pregnancy Planning
- Prenatal Care
- Labor and Delivery Care
- Delivery at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo
- Post-Partum Follow-up
- Breastfeeding Education and Assistance
- Miscarriage Follow-up and Emotional Support
- Yearly Well Woman Exams* for Women in all Stages of Life: teens, childbearing age, menopausal, post-menopausal
- Pap Smears
- Breast Exams
- Care of Minor Gynecology Concerns: Vaginal Discharge, Pelvic Pain, Urinary Problems
- Health and Wellness Education
- Exercise and Nutrition Counseling
- Screenings and Treatment of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Testing
- Free Van Transportation on a Limited Basis in Waterloo
- Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Lindsey Northness, WHNP-BC, BSN, provides evening hours each Wednesday until 7:00 p.m. She offers well-woman exams and prenatal check-ups for established patients.
*CenteringPregnancy® Model of Health Care
CenteringPregnancy® is a group model of health care that includes a regular, individual health check-up, with additional time for learning and sharing in a group setting. It allows pregnant women on the same pregnancy timeline to gather and experience their pregnancy together.
Each group gathering lasts about 2 hours, with a Covenant Prenatal & Women’s Health Clinic provider guiding the session. Partners and support people are welcome to accompany participants to each session.
There are several benefits to participating in a CenteringPregnancy group. Women that complete the sessions are less likely to have a preterm baby, they feel more confident to make healthy decisions for themselves and their family, and have higher breastfeeding rates – which is healthier for both mom and baby.
*Well Woman Exams
As a clinic staffed by all women, we understand your yearly exam can sometimes be an appointment that doesn’t make your calendar. We want you to be healthy, and invite you to come in for a Well Woman Exam.
At your exam we will:
• Review your health history
• Give you a physical exam, including a breast exam
• Look at your pelvic area for signs of illness in the ‘woman-only’ organs of your body
• Provide STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) testing
Private insurance such as United Healthcare, Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Deere Premier, and many others will be accepted, as well as Medicare, Iowa Health & Wellness plans, Medipass, and all Medicaid products. Self-pay discounts are available to patients with no insurance, and Community Care may be an option for those who qualify. Our clinic social workers and hospital patient financial advocates are here to assist with your financial concerns.
Our office hours are Monday through Friday by appointment. We are closed on weekends and holidays. If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, let us know as soon as possible.
Our clinic has locations at the Covenant Midwives & Women's Health Center at 432 King Drive in Waterloo and at Mercy Hospital in Oelwein. For questions or to schedule an appointment with us at either location, call 319.272.8200. During office hours our experienced staff, nurses and midwives will assist in answering your healthcare questions. If a health care need should arise after office hours, on a weekend or holiday, you can reach a midwife by calling our clinic answering service at the same number, 319.272.8200.
Hereditary Cancer Quiz
Did you know that up to 10% of cancer patients have an inherited gene mutation?  Fortunately, knowing your cancer family history may help a provider to prevent cancer or detect it at an earlier stage. Women with certain genetic mutations have:
- up to 44% lifetime risk of developing ovarian cancer
- up to 87% lifetime risk of developing breast cancer
By taking this quick quiz, you can find out whether you may be at risk for a hereditary cancer. It only takes 30 seconds - knowing your hereditary cancer risk could save your life!
Your results will be confidentially sent to Covenant Midwives & Women's Health Center. If your results indicate that you may have an increased risk for certain cancers, we will contact you to schedule an appointment. During the appointment we will discuss your family history in more depth and discuss whether hereditary cancer testing is the right next step for you and your health.
Take the Quiz
References:  American Cancer Society Website. http://www.cancer.org. Updated March 2015.
 Ford D, et al. Risks of cancer in BRCA1-mutation carriers. Breast Cancer Linkage Consortium. Lancet. 1994 343:692-5.
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