The Maternal Child Birth Center at St. Catherine offers 12 Labor Delivery Postpartum Recovery suites and the finest medical technology and expertise available to ensure your experience is as comfortable and memorable as possible for everyone.
The birth of your baby is one of the most significant events in your life and choosing the right place to begin this special journey is one of the most important decisions you and your family will make.
What sets St. Catherine Maternal Child Center apart is our attention to clinical excellence from our advanced trained nursing staff, who are certified in neonatal resuscitation and AWHONN fetal monitoring, to our caring and compassionate team of obstetricians, pediatricians and family practice medical staff.
When you are in labor, enter through the emergency department at the north entrance of the hospital, 401 E. Spruce. The ED registrar will check you in and a member of the St. Catherine team will accompany you to the Maternal Child Unit. If you are scheduled for an induction or cesarean section, enter through the outpatient services entrance on the west side of the hospital. The registrar will check you in there.
The Maternal Child Unit is located on the main floor. For you and your baby's safety, our unit is a protected area that will require patients and visitors to request access upon entering and exiting the unit.
- Daily 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
We want you to be as prepared as possible for the arrival of your new baby. The following are a few items you may want to have packed and ready to bring with you to the hospital:
- Robe, slippers/socks
- Nursing bra or good supportive bra
- Cosmetics, toiletry items
- Going home outfit for the baby
- Receiving blanket or heavy blanket (as weather permits)
- Infant car seat (Kansas law mandates the use of infant seat when traveling by car)
- Camera or video camera-for before or after the baby is born
*Note: If possible, leave valuables at home
Level II NICU
Although most babies are born healthy, we recognize that some new babies have very special needs. Our Level II Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) offers state of the art technology and services to ensure that newborns with high risk complications get the best opportunity at a healthy life. Our NICU is staffed with specially trained nurses to care for newborn gestational age of 32 weeks and above.
We have a team of pediatricians to offer care to your newborn in the NICU. Parents are always welcome and encouraged to visit. For family and friends of the newborn in the NICU, we have visiting hours and regulations we follow to ensure a safe, quiet, comfortable, healing environment for every child.
For more information contact us.
Before Baby Arrives
As an advocate for women and children, we realize every expectant mother has different wants and needs. Be sure to discuss your preferences with your doctor well in advance. Ask about medications, anesthesia, delivery and other options that are available to you.
The staff at St.Catherine Hospital are dedicated to providing personalized care for you and your baby. At your prenatal visit, you should receive a Birth Plan Brochure. Feel free to fill this out and if you have special requests, let this be known to the nursing staff upon admission.
St. Catherine Hospital offers birthing classes for the expectant mother and their family. The classes are taught by specially trained, experienced registered nurses and include a variety of topics, such as: labor and delivery, breastfeeding, comfort measures and medication options, infant care and much more. Our classes will ensure that you and your family are prepared for labor and delivery and welcoming a new little one into your home.
For questions or to learn more about birthing classes contact the Maternal Child Unit.
St. Catherine Hospital has received the Gold Level “Breastfeeding Employees Support Award” from the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition. The award is based on proven and established standards to benefit employers and employees. It recognizes businesses that provide support services to their breastfeeding employees, to include education as well as the time and space for employees to nurse and/or pump breastmilk at their workplace. This award is just one example of the work and dedication associates of St. Catherine Hospital have shown toward breastfeeding initiatives.
The experience of breastfeeding is special for so many reasons -cost savings, health for both baby and mother, and the bond which is formed. Breastfeeding benefits extend far beyond being the best source of nourishment. Breastfed infants have a lower risk of a variety of illnesses and infectious diseases.
You are invited to learn more at the breastfeeding clinic and prenatal classes offered at St. Catherine Hospital where Lactation Educators are trained to give you the support needed.
Becoming a Mom® Prenatal Classes consists of six, 2-hour sessions, on topics such as:
- Class 1: Pregnancy Overview
- Class 2: Pregnancy Health
- Class 3: Labor & Delivery
- Class 4: Infant Feeding
- Class 5: Infant Care
- Class 6: Postpartum Health
Whether you are experiencing a pregnancy for the first time or the fourth time, you’ll find value.
Benefits for you and baby:
- Interact with other pregnant women
- Share your experiences and concerns
- Find out more about common pregnancy experiences
- Learn more about labor and delivery
- Discover how to be successful with breastfeeding
- Learn ways to calm and care for your baby
Earn Rewards for attending sessions! The more sessions, the more awards.
This program utilizes the March of Dimes Becoming a Mom®/Comenzado bien curriculum and is supported by the Kansas Department of Health & Environment and March of Dimes.
For more information, ask your healthcare provider or by:
- Email or
- Phone: 620-272-3600
The High 5 program encourages adoption of five evidence-based maternity care practices that support breastfeeding success. Participating hospitals receive on-site training for staff, educational support for employee advancement, technical assistance to assure successful program implementation, education resources and recognition as a High 5 participant.
Should you need breastfeeding training, education or support while in the hospital, our specially trained Mother-Baby Nurses will help you breastfeed right from the start. If you would like to speak with our Lactation Educators, please ask your nurse.
We at St. Catherine Hospital want to support you as you’re getting to know the newest member of your family. For all your breastfeeding questions, we have several opportunities to assist. Private consultations, including infant feeding, breast pump support and other services are available during clinic hours.
To set up your appointment or learn more:
New mom support
The staff at St. Catherine Hospital is dedicated to the health and wellness of our patients even after you go home from the hospital. A member of the maternal child team will contact you a few days after you leave the hospital to assure that you and your baby are well; ask about feedings and newborn care; and offer assistance in any way we can to help you get the resources you need.
We look forward to serving you and your family at St. Catherine Hospital. The staff is dedicated to meeting your needs and expectations. We strive to make every patient stay a pleasant and positive experience. We thank you for choosing St. Catherine Hospital for the birth of your new family member.
For questions or more information, contact the Maternal Child Unit.