Your Safety Is Our Priority
We’re honored that nearly 5,000 families each year choose to have their babies at AdventHealth Shawnee Mission’s Birth Center. To return your trust in us, we make a clear commitment to your health and safety, exceeding strict national standards to ensure the safest possible delivery.
Feel Confident in Your Maternity Choices
A Baby-Friendly Hospital
You can feel at ease knowing we’ve earned the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Baby-Friendly Hospital designation.
A Magnet Hospital
AdventHealth Shawnee Mission has been recognized by The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program® for demonstrating superior nursing practices and outcomes.
24/7 Access to In-House OB/GYNs
Critical care is available to assist mothers in emergencies until their physician arrives and to monitor women who choose to have a vaginal birth after a previous Cesarean section (VBAC).
An Unmatched Wellness Program
We have the community’s most comprehensive offering of wellness classes, including prenatal and parenting education.
Mommy and Me Boutique
Find breast pumps, nursing bras and breastfeeding support products at our in-house shop.
You’ll have access to maternal-fetal specialists dedicated to high-risk pregnancies.
Postpartum Emotional Support
We’re home to the only hospital-based postpartum support group in Kansas City.
A Guide for Your Pregnancy
If you’re hoping to get pregnant, it’s a good idea to meet with your OB/GYN in advance to have any recommended tests or screenings done and talk through any concerns. Look into early-pregnancy nutrition, exercise and yoga classes that interest you. Remember to get your physician’s approval before starting any exercise or diet plan. We’re honored and excited to help guide your growing family.
At the beginning of your pregnancy, you may feel overwhelmed with information. At AdventHealth Shawnee Mission, our goal for your first trimester of pregnancy is to provide prenatal care that puts you at ease and readies you for the months ahead. Now is the time to decide where you’d like to deliver your baby and choose a provider who has privileges at that hospital. Be sure to talk with them about your specific plans or requests for pregnancy and delivery.
By your second trimester, you may be feeling more at ease in your pregnancy with higher levels of energy. You can use this time to lay the groundwork for your birthing experience. Customize your birthing experience by completing your birth wishes form and attend our parent education and childbirth classes. Be sure to sign up for your classes early, as they do fill quickly. Plan to finish your classes by 36 weeks into your pregnancy.
During the final months of pregnancy, it’s time to make sure you have all the pieces in place for your ideal birthing experience. The AdventHealth Maternity Navigator team is here to help make that happen. Call Call913-632-4233 by 32 weeks into your pregnancy to schedule your maternity navigator visit to discuss any questions, concerns and specific plans regarding your labor and delivery. If you’re experiencing high anxiety about delivery or had a traumatic birth experience in the past, we would love to meet with you to ease your fears and design a plan that helps you feel safe and confident before delivery. If you’re planning on writing a birth plan, download our template online. Review it with your care provider and bring a signed copy to your maternity navigator visit.
Congratulations! You’re now experiencing all the joys and challenges of life with an infant. Your AdventHealth Birth Center team is still available to provide compassionate support for you and your growing family. You’ll be busy taking your newborn to the pediatrician for well-baby visits, but make sure you care for yourself, too. Visit your OB for your follow-up appointment, take advantage of our postpartum emotional support program, meet with a lactation consultant and attend our support group for new mothers. Learn more about the ways we’re here to support you.