Maternity Care

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Having a baby is one of the most joyful moments in life. At Newton Medical Center, our labor and delivery team works with each mother and family to provide the safest, most comfortable environment to bring a child into the world. The progress of mom and baby is carefully monitored to help provide the best care.

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Pre-Admission Appointment

Newton Medical Center’s Maternal Child Unit is a very special place for couples and their newborns. For a smooth admission process, all mothers are encouraged to call (316) 804-6176 for a prenatal appointment at 36 weeks gestation. This will cover pre-admission paperwork, postpartum education, a tour of the unit and a time to meet the staff.

You’ll have a chance to check out our LDRP (labor, delivery, recovery, postpartum) birthing suites – large, comfortable, home-like rooms – complete with a rocking chair and a couch for a guest to spend the night.

Childbirth Education Classes

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Before the birth of a baby, mothers may find it helpful to attend a childbirth education class to learn about the labor and delivery process, comfort options, and how to care for a newborn.

For upcoming classes, view our 2020 schedule.

Register online to enroll for one of our classes.

Breastfeeding Support

Lactation hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Before Birth

You may schedule a prenatal visit with a lactation consultant before your baby is born. In these appointments, we will discuss what to expect while you are in the hospital with breastfeeding and what you may experience once you are dismissed to go home. This is a good time to ask any questions you may have about breastfeeding or the tools you may need to be successful.

As a patient

Lactation consultants will try to see each patient during their stay to answer any breastfeeding-specific questions or concerns, or to assist with feedings, as needed, per your request. This is the best time to learn hunger cues from your baby and to work on positioning and latch techniques before you go home. We want your breastfeeding experience to be successful and are here to support and encourage you in any way we can.

When you leave

NMC offers one-on-one visits with an IBCLC (International Board of Lactation Consultant) where we will weigh your baby before and after a feeding to make sure that breastfeeding is going well, and your milk is transitioning in as it should. In these consultations we can assist with:

  • Weighing your baby (birth to 1 yr)
  • Positioning and latch issues
  • Create a breastfeeding plan
  • Monitor milk supply
  • Explore possible breast problems (engorgement, mastitis, pain with feedings)
  • Counsel on returning to work and paced bottle feeding
  • Learning how to safely store expressed breast milk
  • Answer any additional breastfeeding questions you may have

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Our Level 2 NICU is equipped with special equipment and registered nurses specially trained to care for infants at 34 weeks gestation and above. Our expert pediatricians are on call 24 hours a day for any high risk situations, including NICU services.

Car Seat Safetybaby strapped in car seat correctly

Newton Medical Center is a Child Seat Inspection Station. We have certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians on staff. We offer appointments to have your child safety seat inspected. To set up an appointment, call the Maternal Child Unit at (316) 804-6176.

Best Beginnings Program

Our Best Beginnings program offers a free weight-check clinic for babies after they’ve gone home. This clinic is available by appointment Monday through Friday in the Maternal Child Unit. Please call (316) 804-6176 to schedule an appointment. This is available for babies up to one year of age.

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Blue Distinction® Centers+ for Maternity Care, an expansion of the national Blue Distinction Specialty Care program, are hospitals recognized by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas for delivering quality specialty care safely and effectively, based on objective measures developed with input […] Read More…


Through the High 5 for Mom & Baby program, an initiative of the Kansas Breastfeeding Workgroup, Newton Medical Center has demonstrated a commitment to infant and maternal health by supporting breastfeeding success.