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Birthing Center

Birthing Center

Clay County Medical Center Birthing Unit is a great place to have your baby providing a warm and safe, family-focused environment.  Our birthing suites are designed with your comfort in mind.

You will labor, delivery, recover and spend the rest of you postpartum stay all in the same spacious suite.  Our suites feature a state-of-the-art birthing bed, health monitoring equipment for mother and baby, sofa bed for guests, recliner, and a private bath equipped with a shower and whirlpool tub that can assist in comfort during labor and recovery among other amenities.  Our beautiful OB suites offer both comfort and privacy.  The birthing center also includes triage capabilities in an additional room and surgical suites adjacent to the unit.  Twenty-four hour anesthesia coverage is available for those requesting an epidural.  Our neonatal observation room is within the area to ensure closeness for moms and babies when needed.

Labor and Delivery

Labor and delivery is a unique and special time.  Your birthing experience will included one-on-one nursing care by a Registered Nurse with specialized training.  Making sure your baby gets off to a good start in life is important. During the first hour, named “The Golden Hour”, skin-to-skin bonding and the first feeding will occur.  After you have spent those first hours enjoying this special time with your new baby, any assessments or procedures your newborn needs will be done at your bedside. We support rooming-in, so you may keep your baby with you at all times to give you and your new family plenty of time for bonding.  We feel it is important for you to learn to respond to your baby’s cues and gain more comfort and confidence in caring for your baby.  We encourage your partner to stay with you and baby.  Our staff nurses and lactation counselor will help ensure that you and your baby are provided the care you need and are prepared to go home upon dismissal.

Baby Photos

With written consent, photo of the newborn will be placed on the CCMC website at: www.ccmcks.org/webnursery. Clay County Medical Center's newborn baby photo program includes a complimentary packet of printed photos. We are pleased you have chosen our facility and hope these photos express our appreciation for choosing us as well as providing a special memory of this very special time for you as parents.

Visiting Hours

Friends and relatives may visit during visiting hours 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. New fathers are welcome to visit any time. Siblings are welcome to visit you and your baby in the hospital when accompanied by a responsible adult at all times. We have planned a quiet time each day from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and recommend that you ask visitors not to come during that time to ensure you and your newborn have adequate time to bond and recover.

Visitors should be free of any illnesses (colds, flu, contagious diseases, etc.). Preventing infections is a top priority. We encourage you to wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer before touching your baby. Please encourage your family and friends to do the same.

Childbirth Preparation Classes

Labor and delivery is a unique and special time and you may have many questions. Our prenatal childbirth and breastfeeding education classes can answer your questions and help you prepare. This gives you the opportunity to prepare for your delivery, meet our compassionate and caring staff, and to help you deal with the unknown factors that come along with pregnancy and birth. You will be provided the information and resources needed to make decisions. For more information, read about Childbirth education classes on our Education page.

Upcoming Classes

If you are looking for a skilled doctor for your needs from pregnancy to delivery and beyond, contact Clay Center Family Physicians at (785) 632-2181.

High 5 For Mom And Baby

Clay County Medical Center is a High 5 for Mom & Bay Premier recognized hospital. High 5 for Mom & Baby is an initiative funded by the United Methodist Health Ministries for hospitals to provide 10 best practices for care that supports breastfeeding. Kansas hospitals must follow these practices at a minimum of 80% to qualify for this recognition.High 5 for Mom & Baby facilities complete 5/10 of the Practices. High 5 for Mom & Baby Premier facilities complete 10/10 of the Practices.  We are proud to be a Premier facility meeting 10/10 of the following practices.

  1. Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all the birth facility staff. 
  2. Provide training to birth facility staff so the policy can be practiced.
  3. Help pregnant women learn how to breastfeed. 
  4. Promote Skin-to-skin contact between mom and baby after birth. 
  5. Provide coaching for families on feeding their infants
  6. Give not food or drink other than breastmilk. 
  7. Allow mothers and babies to stay together 24hours a day. 
  8. Promote feeding whenever babies show they are hungry. 
  9. Give no pacifiers or artificial nipples to breastfeeding babies.
  10. Provide options for breastfeeding support in the community after you leave the birth facility.

You can find more information at   www.High5Kansas.org/about

Quality Maternal and Newborn Care

Clay County Medical Center Birthing Center is committed to providing evidenced based patient centered quality care. In 2023 we enrolled in the Fourth Trimester Initiative, spear headed by Kansas Perinatal Quality Collaborative. We share the vision of making not only Kansas, but Clay County Medical Center the best place to birth, be born and to raise a family. The purpose of this initiative is to engage and empower patients, their families and support system, provider, and Kansas communities to intentionally improve maternal health outcomes with our collective, inspired effort. The Mission of the FTI is to improve Kansas’ maternal and infant health outcomes by assuring quality perinatal care using data-driven, evidence-based practice, and quality improvement processes.

For more information regarding this innovative approach to study and improve the experience of postpartum mother and families in Kansas:

Patient Resources (View/download)

We proudly show our commitment to quality by displaying this AIM badge awarded to us for being enrolled in the Fourth Trimester Initiative.  

AIM, Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health, is a quality improvement initiative to support best practices that make birth safer, improve maternal health outcomes and save lives.  The AIM National Team at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) provides technical assistance and capacity building to interested and enrolled multidisciplinary state and jurisdiction teams to implement AIM-developed patient safety bundles via rapid cycle quality improvement. 

To learn more about AIM please visit https://saferbirth.org/about-us/.

Simply Baby

The Healthy Mommy, Healthy Baby program provides in-home visits to expectant mothers and their families, providing a number of services to promote health for mothers and infants at no cost. Community Health Workers will guide expectant mothers through each stage of pregnancy, as well as your child’s growth. Please visit www.simplybaby.org for more information and additional resources.

Becoming A Mom Classes

Community Resources

For questions or challenges regarding breastfeeding contact:
Clay County Medical Center OB: 24/7 (785) 632-2144
Clay County Health Department: (785) 632-3193
La Leche League of Manhattan and Ft. Riley: (785) 370-4356
K-State Research and Extension, River Valley Extension, offers phone support: (785) 243-8185

Informational Links

Pregnancy and Women’s Health
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists – For Patients

Golden Hour | Period of Purple Crying

Kansas Breasfeeding Coalition | Le Leche League | Kellymom.com

CDC Vaccines and Immunizations | Kansas Department of Health and Environment | Carseats