Few times in your life match the excitement of having a baby. When you’re choosing where you’ll give birth, you may have many options, but you want to choose a hospital where you feel comfortable — and where you know you and your baby will receive the highest level of compassionate, experienced care.
That’s what we offer expecting moms at the Birthplace at Stormont Vail Hospital. Whether you’re still in your second trimester or approaching your delivery date, it’s never too early to make your delivery plan at the Birthplace.
Here you’ll find beautifully appointed labor, delivery, and recovery suites that include flat-screen televisions and private bathrooms with walk-in showers. You’ll stay in the same comfortable suite throughout labor and delivery, and afterwards as you bond with your new baby.
If you have a C-section, your surgery will be performed on the same floor, and afterwards, you’ll relax in a postpartum suite that includes comfortable, home-style beds.
We also are equipped to provide any care that you and your newborn may need. Our nurses and other staff have specialized training in labor and delivery to support you throughout giving birth.
In addition to our nursery, which cares for babies without any health complications, our level III Neonatal Intensive Care is equipped to provide the highest level of care for infants who need extra attention.
When you decide to deliver at the Birthplace at Stormont Vail, you’ll receive important supportive information to help new moms have the best possible experience. For example, you’ll find details on:
- Hospital admission
- Classes we offer
- Prenatal care
- Labor and birth
- Postpartum care
- Health and safety
Delivering here also means you’ll have access to a full range of programs in prenatal, sibling, and infant care during and after your pregnancy. We have a triage nurse who is available 24/7 to answer any concerns you may have. Call (785) 354-6261 to talk to a triage nurse.
Before you leave the hospital, we’ll schedule a complimentary visit for you and your baby at the Breastfeeding Center, which is for new moms who are breastfeeding or bottle-feeding their babies.
Stormont Vail has been recognized as a “High 5 for Mom and Baby Hospital” in Kansas by the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund. To achieve this recognition, the hospital has taken steps that have been proven to increase successful breastfeeding, including:
- Allowing moms to have uninterrupted skin-to-skin contact with their baby immediately after delivery
- Practicing “rooming in,” where moms and infants remain together 24 hours a day
Stormont Vail also became perinatal certified by The Joint Commission in 2017, meaning we provide high standards of care for uncomplicated pregnancies. We are the only hospital in Kansas to receive this certification.
The Accommodations You Can Expect
At the Birthplace at Stormont Vail Hospital, our goal is for you and your baby to have a comfortable, safe labor and delivery experience. Here’s what you should know about delivering your baby at the Birthplace.
First, we will work with you and your labor plan to help you have the birth experience for which you’ve been planning. We offer aids that many moms prefer such as:
- Whirlpool tubs to help ease labor pains
- Squatting bars
- Birthing balls
- Birthing stools
Our labor, delivery and recovery suites are designed to make you feel like you’re at home. Each suite features a private bathroom with a walk-in shower, a television, and a comfortable chair that folds out into a bed so your spouse, partner, or support person can room in with you.
MyChart Bedside During Your Stay
When you’re staying in the hospital, you may feel as if you are being inundated with information — medical records, health care team information, patient education, notes, and more — so much so that you wonder how you can keep track of it all. But now, we have a solution.
If you are admitted to the Birthplace, you will be able to view the same information your providers have access to through the MyChart Bedside app, installed on a hospital-provided iPad.
Using the MyChart Bedside app, you will be able to get updates on your health and review the treatment plans with your providers. Through the app, you will be able to:
- View medical records, vital signs (such as blood pressure or body temperature), lab results, and other health information
- Learn more about care provided to you through patient education materials
- See upcoming appointments
- Take notes about your care plan for later review with your providers.
The Care You Can Expect
We know that support makes a difference, so you can have your doula present throughout labor and delivery. Our labor and delivery nurses are here to encourage, support, and assist with pain relief during birth.
You’ll have one nurse assigned to you to offer individualized attention and monitor your baby throughout the labor process. (Our fetal monitors are wireless and waterproof, which lets you walk around and shower or bathe during labor.)
Keeping your birth plan in mind, we’ll work with you to help you use breathing techniques, warm showers, position changes, and other comfort measures like our whirlpool tubs. You also have other pain relief options available during labor and delivery including medication and epidurals, which are available 24 hours a day.
If you have a vaginal delivery, you’ll stay in your private birthing suite during delivery and recovery. If it is necessary for you to have a C-section, you and your baby will stay in a postpartum suite afterwards.
During labor and delivery, you can have up to four people in the room with you at once. After the baby is born, there’s no limit on visitors you can have. Also, your spouse, partner, or support person can stay overnight with you. We encourage uninterrupted skin-to-skin contact between mom and baby for the first hour after the birth. This has proven to facilitate a smoother transition for both mother and baby. Please plan on quiet time from 2 pm to 4 pm daily, which provides an opportunity for mother, partner and baby to have some uninterrupted rest.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I preregister with the Birthplace?
We offer an easy preregistration form on MyChart, our online patient portal. Simply fill out the form, and we will receive your information and have you in our records before your delivery date.
Can I have my tubes tied after delivery?
Yes, we offer tubal ligation after vaginal delivery. Please talk with your obstetrics provider ahead of your delivery to discuss the procedure.
How many family members or friends can I have in the delivery room with me?
We support a mother’s choice about the people she wants present during labor and delivery.
During labor, the only limit to the number of family and friends is your comfort level. Whether you prefer a few people or a room full of family and friends, it’s your decision.
During vaginal delivery, we limit the number of family and friends to four for safety. This also gives our delivery team room to work.
After delivery, we encourage mothers to be alone with their baby for two hours before having visitors to support bonding and breastfeeding. If you are comfortable with visitors sooner than that, please let us know.
What is the visitation policy in the Birthplace?
We encourage quiet time each day from 2-4 p.m. to give you time with your baby. Visitation is allowed during those hours if you choose.
Where do I park and what door do I enter to get to the Birthplace?
Please use the Stormont Vail Hospital main entrance, which is open 24/7. Park in the parking garage across from the main entrance and enter through the revolving doors. Our front desk volunteers or Lobby Ambassadors can direct you to the Birthplace on the 4th floor.
What supplies do I need to bring for myself and my baby?
We provide pads for the mother and diapers, wipes and feeding supplies for your baby.
Meet Our Team
The Birthplace is staffed by experienced, compassionate staff who love helping to bring babies into the world. The majority of our staff are registered nurses, many of whom are certified and have special training in areas such as labor and delivery.
We also have a Laborist program. An obstetrician-gynecologist is on duty at The Birthplace at all times during the day to provide coverage and assistance to moms during labor and delivery. This helps ensure that you have specialized care available.