Labor and delivery in Kansas City
More Kansas City moms choose us for their childbirth
HCA Midwest Health delivers over 5,000 babies each year—more than any other hospital system in the Kansas City region. With four labor and delivery hospitals across the Kansas City region, HCA Midwest Health makes it convenient to receive expert pregnancy and childbirth care.
Each and every birth is supported by our unmatched expertise and clinical resources. Our labor and delivery hospitals offer complete childbirth care and support with comprehensive amenities, such as spacious maternity suites and low-intervention childbirth options. Our hospitals also support high-risk pregnancies and we offer neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) with specialists providing around-the-clock care for newborns. Mothers and babies also have access to our full-service Women’s and Children’s hospital at Overland Park Regional Medical Center, should they need an extra (or advanced) level of care.
To learn more about our labor and delivery services, call us at (913) 541-8330.
Comfortable and customizable childbirth amenities
HCA Midwest Health offers four hospitals across the Kansas City region that offer advanced childbirth care and support that makes more moms choose us for their babies' first days. Our modern birthing centers and suites are equipped with an array of amenities designed to keep new and expecting moms and their family members as comfortable as possible. Our patients may benefit from:
- Fertility services to help you start your family
- OB/GYN and midwives to care for you and your baby before, during and after pregnbancy
- A Maternity Navigator who will lead you on a hospital tour and help guide you through the childbirth process including creating a birth plan unique to your needs
- In-person and online childbirth classes
- Our free pregnancy app, available to download, for important information and fun extras for every stage of pregnancy, birth and beyond. It features an appointment tracker, a kick counter, a feeding log and more
Labor and delivery amenities
- Customizable amenities for your labor and delivery, so you can design a birth plan that caters directly to your needs
- Spacious, private maternity and birthing suites
- Low intervention birthing options, including wireless monitoring, nitrous oxide, peanut balls and more
- Specialized care for mothers and babies going through a high-risk pregnancy
- Early bonding with your baby, including support for skin-to-skin contact
- Lactation consultants to guide the breastfeeding experience. After you go home, you can take advantage of a free breastfeeding support group
- Photography services
- Web nurseries at several hospitals
- Rooming in vs. nursery options for families
- Access to high-level NICUs. Babies born prematurely and/or with serious health conditions can receive specialized neonatal intensive care. HCA Midwest Health offers four expert neonatal intensive care units including a Level III NICU at Overland Park Regional Medical Center that includes a Small Baby Unit for babies born under 29 weeks.
Spacious and private maternity and birthing suites
Our birthing centers and suites are equipped with an array of amenities designed to keep new and expecting moms and their family members as comfortable as possible. Our hospitals offer private, comfortable rooms with a soothing and homelike environment. An array of amenities are available including spa tubs for labor, flexible visiting hours, virtual nurseries to view newborn, photography services, a special celebratory meal and more.
Your birth, your way
Our teams strive to support your decisions regarding the type of childbirth experience you desire. Our labor and delivery teams partner with your OB/GYN or midwife to help provide as much or as little intervention as possible.
We follow all national standards for monitoring your and your baby's well-being during labor and delivery. Our board-certified physicians and midwives are available to counsel you and provide you with a safe and special birth experience.
Our hospitals also offer low intervention options including:
- Aromatherapy/essential oils
- Birth balls/peanut balls
- Birthing bars
- Delayed cord clamping
- Labor tubs
- Nitrous oxide
- Wireless monitoring
Baby has lots of choices, too! Here are a few options designed for the comfort and safety of you and your baby.
- Partner can sleep in room
- Flexible visiting hours
- Quiet time for bonding with baby
- Enhanced infant security
- Baby can room-in or go to the nursery
Midwifery services are provided by certified nurse-midwives who specialize in low-intervention births for mothers with low-risk pregnancies. HCA Midwest Health offers a large network of certified nurse-midwives, which helps us provide our patients access to the birthing experience they desire with the added safety of a full hospital staff.
Our midwives help customize birth plans, facilitate father-assisted births and guide breastfeeding during the early postpartum period. You may enjoy working with a midwife if you would like to experience childbirth as naturally as possible.
Keeping you and your baby safe
The safety and security of our patients is a top priority. Our hospitals take several steps to keep mom and baby safe, including:
Unique ID badges
All family members and other visitors in our infant and child areas must check in at the nurse's station and wear a visitor ID badge/sticker. Hospital employees will identify themselves verbally and must wear an official hospital photo ID badge at all times.
All nurses who care for infants and children have unique scrubs specific to their area.
After delivery, a security band will be placed on your infant’s ankle. Your nurse will remove it just before you are discharged from the facility. Your birth partner will also be given an ID band. When a staff member brings your baby to you, your baby's band will be matched to your band. The bands will not be removed until you get home, so only the two of you will be allowed to come to the nursery to get your baby.
Whether you're pregnant with twins (or more!) or need guidance on navigating a complex pregnancy, our maternal-fetal medicine team is with you every step of the way. When you're classified as a high-risk pregnancy, you want to know you're in the care of experts who can handle any circumstances affecting you or your unborn child. Mothers-to-be receive comprehensive care from a multidisciplinary team that includes a nurse navigator, maternal-fetal medicine, pediatric specialists, genetic counseling, neonatology and social work. Our comprehensive care includes:
- Maternal-fetal medicine physicians available 24/7 - to support high-risk pregnancies and deliver premature or critically ill newborns
- The largest dedicated high-risk antepartum unit in the region with more adult specialists treating expecting moms around the clock
- Over 175 specialists, including maternal-fetal medicine specialists, neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners, registered nurses, respiratory therapists, family support social workers, lactation consultants, registered dietitians and pediatric specialty doctors such as cardiologists, surgeons and neurologists
- Four neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) – a unit at each of our maternity hospitals, including a Small Baby Unit for babies born under 29 weeks.
A dedicated maternal and neonatal transport service to safely transfer you or your baby to a higher level of care. Expectant mothers can be transferred to Overland Park Regional Medical Center and infants can be transferred to any of our high-level NICUs from any hospital within an approximate 100-mile radius.
Guidelines for Infant Sleep Safety
HCA Midwest Health labor and delivery hospitals are recognized as a Cribs for Kids National Certified Safe Sleep Hospital. The Cribs for Kids National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification program awards recognition to hospitals demonstrating a commitment to reducing infant and sleep-related deaths by promoting and educating on best safe sleep practices.
Why safe sleep matters
According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), there are around 3,500 sleep-related deaths among babies in the U.S. each year. Safe sleep practices are designed to reduce the chances of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), accidental suffocation and other deaths related to unsafe sleep practices. Thanks to safe sleep practices, sleep-related deaths like SIDS are on the decline, however, it is important all health providers and parents know how to create a safe sleep environment:
- Always place a baby on their back to sleep, for naps and at night, to reduce the risk of SIDS.
- Use a firm sleep surface covered by a fitted sheet; a crib, bassinet, portable crib or play yard conforming to the safety standards of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recommended.
- Your baby should not sleep in an adult bed, on a couch or on a chair alone, with you or with anyone else.
- Keep your baby's sleep area in the same room where you sleep (for the infant's first year). Room sharing, not bed sharing. Always place the baby in a safety-approved crib, bassinet or portable crib for sleep.
- Sitting devices like bouncy seats, swings, infant carriers or strollers should not be used for routine sleep.
- Keep soft objects such as pillows and blankets, toys and bumpers out of your baby's sleep area.
- Wedges and positioners should not be used.
- Do not smoke during pregnancy or allow smoking around your baby.
- Do not let your baby get too hot during sleep.
- Breastfeed your baby.
- Give your baby a dry pacifier not attached to a string for naps and at night to reduce the risk of SIDS after breastfeeding is established.
- Supervised skin-to-skin is recommended to all mothers and infants immediately following birth regardless of feeding or delivery (as soon as the mother is medically stable, awake and able to respond to her newborn) and to continue for at least an hour. Once the mother starts to get sleepy, return the baby to the bassinet.
- Follow healthcare provider guidance on your baby's vaccines and regular health checkups.