Nurturing growing families at NMC Health
Having a baby can be one of the most joyful and exciting moments in your life. You can trust the Family Birthing Center at NMC Health to deliver excellent care during labor, birth and recovery as a new mom.
At NMC Health, our labor and delivery team works with you and your family to ensure you’re safe and comfortable as you welcome your new addition.
You’ll love our one-on-one nursing care throughout your labor process, as well as the same familiar faces as you recover when your newborn arrives.
Speak with your doctor, along with your birthing team about your preferences during birth. We will do our best to accommodate your wishes.
If you are having a pregnancy-related emergency, call 911 or visit the NMC Health Emergency Department.
What to expect
The Family Birthing Center at NMC Health is a special place for families. We want you to have a great experience while in our care.
For a smooth admission process, you are encouraged to call (316) 804-6176 to schedule a prenatal appointment at 36 weeks. During this appointment you will:
- Fill out pre-admission paperwork
- Take a tour of the unit
- Meet a few of our staff members
- Be able to ask any questions you may have
While you’re here, you will have a chance to see our LDRP (labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum) birthing suites. Each room comes with a rocking chair and a couch for a guest or support person to spend the night. Every room also has a private bathroom with a shower.
Before you have your baby, you may also set up an appointment with one of our certified lactation consultants. In this appointment, we will discuss what to expect with breastfeeding while you are in the hospital and what you may experience once you go home. This is a good time to ask any questions you have about breastfeeding or the tools you may need to be successful.
When it’s time to have your baby, enter the hospital through the front entrance (6am-6pm on weekdays) or through the emergency department (after hours and on weekends).
Once you’re registered, you will be taken to the Family Birthing Center and placed in a room. A nurse team will come in and explain the admission process to you while placing you on a monitor to keep track of your contractions and your baby’s heart rate. You will receive one-on-one care throughout your labor and delivery.
Our nurses are here to support your during your labor process no matter what form of pain control you choose. If you are unsure if you would like an epidural, that is okay too. Our one-on-one care allows us to help guide you through the birthing process.
Your Care Team
During your labor and initial recovery:
- Your support person (a family member or friend)
- Your doctor
- Nurse anesthetist (for epidural and C-sections)
Other staff you may encounter:
- Lactation consultants
- Respiratory therapists
- Case managers
- Laboratory technicians
- Nurse Practitioners
Car Seat Safety
NMC Health is a Child Seat Inspection Station. We have certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians on staff.
You should bring your car seat with you to the hospital. Your baby should be fit into the car seat and only ride rear-facing until they are 2 years old.
There are rear facing-only seats and convertible seats that grow with your child. Parents usually prefer an “infant carrier” or rear facing-only seat for their newborn. You will want to pay attention to the minimum weight on the car seat, especially if you know you will have a small baby or deliver early.
We offer appointments to have your child safety seat inspected. If you would like to set up an appointment, please call (316) 804-6176.
Research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that more than half (59%) of all car seats are not installed correctly. Even further, 64% of car seats are not installed with the top tether, which secures the top of the car seat to the vehicle’s seat.
NMC Health offers monthly Childbirth Education Classes to expecting parents. Let our expert team help you with what to expect as you approach labor and delivery. We’re here to support you and your growing family. Sign up today!
Awards & Recognition
"All Around Best of the Best" for Newborn Screening
The Family Birthing Center at NMC Health and NMC Health’s Laboratory Department have been named one of only two hospitals in Kansas with the “All Around Best of the Best” newborn screening facilities in 2019.
The program screens newborns for 32 rare genetic conditions. By catching these conditions early, medical staff can help treat children and put them on track for a healthy, normal life.
High 5 for Mom & Baby
Through the High 5 for Mom & Baby program, an initiative of the Kansas Breastfeeding Workgroup, NMC Health has demonstrated a commitment to infant and maternal health by supporting breastfeeding success.
Blue Distinction Centers+ for Maternity Care
Blue Distinction Centers+ for Maternity Care, an expansion of the national Blue Distinction Specialty Care program are hospitals recognized by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas for delivering quality specialty care safely and effectively. It is based on objective measures developed with input from the medical community. To receive this designation, a hospital must also meet requirements for cost efficiency.
When you choose to deliver at NMC Health, you can set up a pre-admission appointment with our Family birthing Center by calling (316) 804-6176.
Sometimes, it can be overwhelming to know what to pack for the hospital when you’re about to give birth. As your delivery date approaches, you’ll want to make sure your “go-bag” is ready, and that you have everything you need for your hospital stay. Here’s a short list of things you don’t want to forget:
- Clothes for anyone staying at the hospital, including clothes for baby to wear home
- Daily hygiene needs such as toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, hairbrush, cosmetics, etc.
- Reading material and/or a laptop or iPad
- Photo ID, hospital paperwork, insurance information
- Cell phone charger
- Approved car seat
You don’t need to worry about bringing aftercare items to the hospital. Your nurse will set you up with plenty supplies before you’re discharged to go home. The hospital will also provide baby diapers for your newborn.
If you have additional questions about what to bring to the hospital, you may ask those during your pre-admission appointment.
During the current COVID-19 pandemic, you are allowed to have one support person in the room with you during delivery. Your support person should be someone who can help keep you calm and relaxed. They should also know how you feel about certain procedures such as a C-section should you not be able to convey your wishes yourself.
As soon as you find out you’re pregnant, you can begin to think about who you want to use as your family’s pediatrician. Whomever you choose will want to examine your baby a few days after he or she is born.
While you’re at the hospital, your baby will be seen by a pediatrician.