Wesley’s BirthCare Center is a facility especially designed for women who are expecting a low-risk birth. It is located just north of the main Wesley building, on the north side of Murdock.
The BirthCare Center has 20 birthing suites. Labor, deliver, recovery, and the subsequent stay all take place in the same comfortable room where mother and baby stay together. To make the suites more like home, each includes a family room and private bathroom in addition to the mother’s room. The center has two kitchen areas and a playroom for young brothers and sisters. Tours of the BirthCare Center are available.
Women admitted to the BirthCare Center must be in active labor or their water must have broken (amniotic fluid must be leaking). Sometimes it is difficult to decide when to come to the hospital. If you think you may be in labor, call your doctor or come to the BirthCare Center. If you are not in active labor you may return home, where you will be more comfortable.
If complications develop while you are at the BirthCare Center, your doctor will decide whether to perform the delivery at the BirthCare Center, where emergency cesarean section rooms are available, or transfer you to the Wesley Women’s Hospital, which is connected to the BirthCare Center by an underground walkway.
Baby-Friendly Birth Facility
Wesley is the first and only hospital in Kansas to be designated a Baby-Friendly birth facility. The Baby-Friendly initiative encourages skin-to-skin contact between mothers and newborns and rooming in. Both practices encourage bonding and improve the newborn’s ability to breastfeed. Wesley follows the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding guidelines that offer mothers information, confidence and skills needed to successfully initiative and continue breastfeeding their babies.