COVID-19 and pregnancy — an update for our patients
We would like to take this opportunity to update you about your maternity care during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and assure you that our dedicated team of expert nurses, physicians and midwives are committed to providing safe and effective care to every patient who walks through our doors.
Maternity care in Overland Park/Leawood, KS
Every mother wants and deserves a birthing experience that’s as joyful, comfortable and safe as possible. At Menorah Medical Center, we are committed to helping you have that positive experience as you welcome your child into the world.
At The Family Birthing Center, we provide a nurturing, secure environment with access to advanced technologies and the expertise of HCA Midwest Health physicians. We take the time to listen to your needs and preferences so you'll feel confident before, during and after giving birth.
To learn more about our labor and delivery services, call (913) 498-6652.
Menorah Medical Center is proud to be a multi-year KC Parent family faves award winner, recognizing our birthing center as one of Kansas City's favorite places to have a baby.
Give your baby a healthy, loving start to life
When you choose to have your baby at The Family Birthing Center, our staff makes sure your pregnancy, labor and delivery experience is safe and unique. Expectant mothers can receive prenatal tests and screenings at our hospital to safeguard their health and their baby's health throughout pregnancy. We also perform ultrasound imaging, so you can watch your baby grow as your pregnancy progresses.
The Family Birthing Center
The Family Birthing Center at our hospital allows mothers to deliver their babies and recover in the same room during their hospital stay. All physicians, nurses and medical equipment are brought to the mother's room. This concept is known as labor/delivery/recovery/postpartum care (LDRP) and allows families to spend private, intimate time with their newborns right after birth.
Schedule an appointment with our maternity navigator to take a tour of The Family Birthing Center.
Our specially designed birthing suites create a soothing environment and offer home-like amenities, such as privacy, flat screen TVs and modern décor. Expectant parents also have access to a range of additional services and amenities during pregnancy and childbirth, including:
- Baby warmers
- Breastfeeding support from lactation consultants
- Dedicated nurses and support staff for newborn and postpartum care
- Healthy Arrivals prenatal education classes
- Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
- Surgical suites reserved for women’s services and laboring mothers
- Single-room maternity care for labor, delivery and recovery
- Sub-specialty doctors in all areas of mother-baby care
- Tours of The Family Birthing Center
View our birthing suites
The birthing suites at The Family Birthing Center are designed so that mothers can labor, deliver and remain in the same room during the entire hospital stay, ensuring patients and their families experience optimum privacy.
Diagnosis and testing
Menorah Medical Center uses advanced testing to precisely indicate any issues or problems. These tests could include:
Prenatal screenings for the mother
During pregnancy, we take special care to ensure expectant mothers remain healthy and safe throughout pregnancy. This may include evaluations such as:
- Blood pressure
- Blood tests for type and Rh factor
- Microbiological examinations for infections
- Psychological aspects of screening
- Urine tests
Prenatal screenings for the baby
We offer testing services to screen for any medical conditions that can be identified in your child prior to birth. These screenings may include:
- Chorionic villi screening (CVS)
- Maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein (MSAFP)
- Non-stress test (NST)/biophysical profile (BPP)
- Nucha translucency (NT)
- Percutaneous umbilical blood sampling
Ultrasound screenings are used to detect
We help parents see their child before they are born through regular prenatal ultrasound imaging. Through these screenings, parents can learn:
- Age of the baby
- Amount of amniotic fluid present
- Blood flow
- Causes of bleeding or pain
- Certain types of congenital abnormalities, such as those affecting the heart, head, chest, spine or extremities
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Heart rate, breathing, position and movement
- Location of the placenta
- Number of babies
- Size and rate of growth
High-risk pregnancy care
Most women experience a healthy pregnancy without complications. However, sometimes health concerns may arise that cause a high-risk pregnancy, which requires additional attention from one of our physicians. We work with our patients to determine risks and health factors that can impact pregnancy and develop plans for close monitoring and treatment, if needed.
Our doctors provide treatment and support for:
- Ectopic/tubal pregnancy
- Gestational diabetes
- Inappropriate lactation
- Persistent vomiting
- Placenta previa
- Placental abruption
- Postpartum depression
- Postpartum hemorrhage
- Premature births
Neonatal intensive care
Following childbirth, some babies may require more advanced medical care than what is provided in the well-baby nursery. To meet these needs, we have an on-site Level II NICU that offers a family-centered environment so parents can remain close to their newborns.
Our NICU treats infants experiencing respiratory difficulties and other high-risk complications. We treat babies born at 32 weeks or later who require short-term treatment after birth.
The team in our NICU includes:
- Lactation consultants
- Neonatal nurse practitioners
- Registered nurses with experience in neonatal intensive care
- Respiratory therapists
- Social workers
Should your baby require a higher level of care, our neonatal transportation service has the equipment and highly trained staff needed to safely transport your child to a Level III NICU.
We want mothers giving birth at our hospital to feel confident throughout pregnancy and prepared when it's time for labor and delivery. Our maternity navigators act as an advocate, guide and friend throughout the journey to parenthood. Navigators work closely with our maternity staff to help mothers feel comfortable and remain informed about their care throughout the hospital stay.
Mothers are paired with a maternity navigator—a labor and delivery nurse—who walks them through their pregnancy plan and takes the time to outline what will happen during labor, delivery and postpartum care. Our maternity navigators provide the one-on-one care that makes our hospital such a special place to deliver your baby.
Our maternity navigators will:
- Complete pre-admission paperwork
- Create and review a birth plan
- Discuss what hospital amenities are important for each patient
- Form a personal relationship and explain maternity services
- Help patients sign up for our Healthy Arrivals prenatal class
- Identify any risks or health factors that could impact pregnancy
- Provide hospital tours
- Review the partner's role during labor and delivery
- Visit regularly throughout pregnancy help them.
- Stay with the person until consciousness returns and offer to help them find a safe way to return home.
Safety issues for people with seizures
Patients at risk of seizures must exercise special caution toward any activity that would create additional injury if a seizure were to occur. Common precautions include:
- Avoid driving. Most states restrict driving entirely unless a person has been free of seizures for at least six months.
- Avoid high places where one could fall.
- Avoid heavy machinery and power tools that could be harmful.
- Avoid swimming alone or without a lifeguard.
- Avoid taking a bath without constant supervision. Some patients have a convulsive seizure and afterward, can drown in bath water. Showers are safe.
Pregnancy produces normal births in at least 90 percent of women with epilepsy. However, pregnancy should be planned and special precautions and monitoring may be required to have the best possible outcome.
Additional resources for seizure disorders and epilepsy information
There are a variety of organizations that provide additional support for patients dealing with epilepsy or other type of seizure disorder. We have provided several credible sources below, so you can further your knowledge and gain access to community resources.
Epilepsy Foundation of
The national organization for patients and families with seizure disorders and epilepsy. Free information, free counseling, and medication assistance programs are available. Local chapters also offer other support services and educational programs. The local chapter in Kansas City is listed below:
Additional educational information is available at:
Talk About It! - A new website for young patients and their families, helping to dispel the myths about living with seizure disorders.
Epilepsy Foundation - A helpful resource for general information and treatment.
Epilepsy Advocate - Information and resources regarding living with epilepsy, including a magazine publication.Schedule an appointment with a navigator
Labor and delivery at HCA Midwest Health
Just as every baby is unique, so is every delivery. As your partner in care, we provide a customized birthing experience that begins long before your first contraction and continues well after delivery.Learn about Labor and delivery