To Caring for Both Mother and Baby
From first flutters to first feedings, this is a precious time in your life. We're here to make it the best it can be. That’s why more than 5,000 mothers a year choose our AdventHealth Birth Center, formerly known as the Shawnee Mission Birth Center, as Johnson County’s leader in the care of women, babies and families. Our Birth Center has the whole family in mind, combining desirable amenities, leading pregnancy care, advanced technologies, and personalized labor and delivery options.
No matter your approach to delivery, the board-certified obstetricians, maternal-fetal specialists, Level III NICU and trained nursing staff are here to support you throughout your entire journey, through preconception and pregnancy care, labor and delivery care, postpartum support, and beyond. We’re committed to supporting the childbirth you envision, down to every last detail.
So You Can Make Your Best Delivery Possible
- A Dedicated Birthing Center to Give You Comfort, Joy and Peace
There’s no time more special in a woman’s life than when she’s about to become a mother. So choosing a birthing center is no easy decision. At the dedicated Birth Center at AdventHealth Shawnee Mission, we’ve made it our mission to know exactly what moms are looking for when it comes to labor and delivery. You can rest assured that the comforting amenities can help you prepare for what’s coming in body, mind and spirit. They include:
- A Hydrotherapy Whirlpool Pipeless Sanijet Tub
- A Large, Roomy Shower
- Balls, Birthing Stool, and Squatting Bars for Pushing
- Bella Baby Photography
- Birth Plan Assistance with our Specialized Maternity Navigators
- Flat-Screen TVs and Free WiFi
- Harvest Kitchen Meal Vouchers for Your Support Person
- Mommy and Me Boutique
- Pull-Out Sofa for Your Overnight Support Person
- 24-Hour Rooming In
We’re also pleased to connect you with a personal Maternity Navigator. This compassionate and expert specialist will be there with you at every part of planning your birthing journey, coordinating your care and preparing for anything you may need.
You can register for your birth online or in your doctor’s office. Please register by approximately 22 weeks of pregnancy.
Click Here to download our Birth Plan to help you communicate your wishes for labor and delivery.
- Innovative Maternity Care
Your child's safety is your biggest concern. It's ours too. Our dedicated, specially trained staff is here 24/7, helping you down any path you envision: from a low-intervention birth to a C-section or anything in between. Our Birth Center is equipped with the latest in safety standards, including a Hugs® Infant security system, while our next-generation wireless fetal monitoring helps moms like you walk around during labor (which studies show can hasten delivery times).
If you're interested in a vaginal birth after a previous Cesarean Section (VBAC), our OB hospitalist program ensures a board-certified obstetrician is onsite at all times to assist your personal physician, opening up the possibility of a VBAC to moms who wouldn't otherwise have the opportunity. We go above and beyond to help you feel safe, secure and comfortable while you’re under our care.
- A Curriculum of Care for First and Next Steps
The nursery is painted, your suitcase is packed. You're doing what you can to feel prepared. But we know that all along, your list of questions has been growing about as fast as your belly. That's why AdventHealth offers a full spectrum of educational opportunities for expectant parents. Within our network you’ll find the only hospital in Johnson County to receive the prestigious Baby-Friendly® designation, demonstrating our deep commitment to fostering an environment supportive of breastfeeding, mother-baby bonding and leading maternity care. Our pregnancy education and support resources reflect this whole-family approach and include:
- Prenatal Fitness Classes
- Childbirth Education and Natural Strategies Classes
- Specialized Maternity Navigators
- Breastfeeding Support Groups and Breastfeeding Warm Line
- Outpatient Breastfeeding Clinic for One-on-One Consultations with a Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)
- Postpartum Screenings
- Postpartum Emotional Support Group
- Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Group
- Parenting Classes
Whether you’re a first-time or an experienced mom, you’ll have your Maternity Navigator to lean on for pregnancy education and support. Schedule an appointment with your Maternity Navigator at 30 weeks into your pregnancy by calling 913-632-4233.
Prenatal and Parent Education Classes
Learn more and register for any of the following classes online.
- Childbirth - One Day
- Childbirth - Five Week
- Childbirth - Online
- Childbirth Refresher/VBAC
- Childbirth: Natural Strategies
- Breastfeeding: Getting Off to a Good Start and Breastfeeding Online
- Family and Friends CPR
- Family and Friends CPR with Basic First Aid
- Grandparents Class
- Newborn Care and Newborn Care Online
- Sibling: 3-5 and 6-8
- Baby Signing Time with Music
- Breastfeeding: Returning to Work and Pumping
- Kids and K9s: Dog Bite Safety for Families
At AdventHealth, we are passionate about the value of breastfeeding. And although breastfeeding is a natural process, it often takes patience, guidance and support at the start. As part of our commitment to you, we ensure that all Birth Center nurses receive 20 hours of breastfeeding education so you will have the assistance and support you need to get off to a good start. For mothers and babies who have special breastfeeding needs, we have a staff of International Board Certified Lactation Consultants available during your stay.
Breastfeeding Warm Line
Our International Board Certified Lactation Consultants are available seven days a week to answer feeding questions. Call 913-632-4330 and leave your name, phone number and the nature of your concern. Messages left before 3 pm will be returned the same day.
Breastfeeding Support Group
Join us as we share in the joys and challenges of breastfeeding. Facilitated by a lactation consultant, this group provides an opportunity to ask questions, learn from one another and share experiences at all stages of breastfeeding. A baby scale is available. No registration or fee to attend.
Weekly Morning Group - Each Tuesday from 10-11:30 am
Monthly Evening Group - Third Thursday from 6-7 pm
Woodland Hills Building
Flint Hills & Tallgrass Room
7315 E. Frontage Rd.
Shawnee Mission, KS 66204
Online Breastfeeding Support
If you are interested in participating in an online support community, please find us on Facebook.
Outpatient Breastfeeding Clinic
If you find that you need more hands-on help and support for feeding challenges, AdventHealth Shawnee Mission offers one-hour visits with our International Board Certified Lactation Consultants. For information about rates, financial assistance or to schedule an appointment, call 913-632-4330.
Postpartum Emotional Support
Having a child is one of the most exciting and overwhelming events you may ever experience. Motherhood is challenging, especially as you learn how to fit into your new role as "Mom" and balance the needs of your family. AdventHealth Shawnee Mission offers the area's only hospital-based Postpartum Emotional Support Program, including a support group for new moms. Participants are welcome to join the group at any time and do not need to register beforehand. For more information, call 913-632-4223.
Every Thursday, 5:30-6:30 pm
Tapestry Room (located within the Breast Center at the AdventHealth Shawnee Mission Outpatient Entrance)
- Screenings and Extra Care
You’re ready to protect your child with everything you’ve got. That starts even before you meet your precious bundle. We want to help ease any concerns of health risks with clear, specific answers and expert prenatal care. At AdventHealth Shawnee Mission Maternal Fetal Specialists, we start with an open conversation about your wellness and full family health history. Then, we’ll combine these insights with comprehensive tests. Our dedicated and comprehensive maternal fetal specialists offer both outpatient and inpatient services, working together with your full health care team to screen for and manage any potential risks with genetic counseling, level II ultrasounds and more.
If during pregnancy or delivery you or your baby should ever need an extra level of care, we have some of the most-advanced maternity care in Johnson County. Our Level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) includes specially trained neonatologists, neonatal nurses, nurse practitioners, and more who are ready to help care for your bundle of joy. If your child needs extra care, we partner with Children's Mercy to give your child access to specialty services like pediatric surgery, radiology, oncology, pathology and more. No matter the need, big or small, we’re here to help.
- Easing the Pain of Loss. Helping You Find Healing.
Should you experience a heartbreaking loss, know that you’re not alone. We’re here to provide a comforting, private space to grieve. Our network also offers a range of support groups and resources, like our Perinatal Bereavement Group that connects you with other parents and aims to help heal any pain — body, mind, or spirit.
Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support
At AdventHealth, we care about you and your pregnancy loss. We can offer you support and caring during your time of healing. Our Perinatal Bereavement Group for families experiencing pregnancy and infant loss meets the first and third Thursday of every month from 7-8:30 pm, in the Tapestry Room, located within the Breast Center at the AdventHealth Shawnee Mission Outpatient Entrance. For more information about individual counseling or the Perinatal Bereavement Group, call 913-632-4223.
Pregnancy After A Loss Support Group
Although a new pregnancy fosters hope and excitement, it is natural to also experience feelings of worry and fear. It helps to talk about these feelings with people who understand and who have shared a similar experience. The Pregnancy After a Loss support group is a professionally-led group designed for individuals or couples who are anticipating another pregnancy or are currently pregnant after previously experiencing a miscarriage, stillbirth or infant loss. This group meets the second and fourth Thursday of every month from 7-8:30 pm, in the Tapestry Room, located within the Breast Center at the AdventHealth Shawnee Mission Outpatient Entrance. For more information, call 913-632-4223.
- The Best Obstetrics Care Starts With the Best Women's Care
From teen health to pregnancy care to menopause, from before you ever get pregnant to well after, you deserve quality, whole-person care unique to you. At AdventHealth, you’ll find one of the first comprehensive breast health centers in Kansas, offering screenings, diagnostics and treatment. Even beyond this center, our gynecological, obstetric and breast health services include:
- Digital Mammography and Computer-Aided Detection
- Full-Service Ultrasound
- Health Classes
- Minimally Invasive Breast Biopsy
- MRI Breast Imaging
When you don’t have to worry about your health, you can focus more on caring for your family. Let us help you reach for wellness with our proactive, woman-centric care.