Best Places to Give Birth in Kansas City | Your Guide to Labor & Delivery

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Best Places to Give Birth in Kansas City

Your Guide to Labor & Delivery in Kansas City

According to Leapfrog Group, “Your choice of hospital could be a life or death decision. Hospitals vary greatly on things like infection rates, surgical errors, and patient injuries–not to mention ER wait times, patient satisfaction, and other things.” Be sure you make the best decision for your needs.

This information is based on the best hospitals in Kansas City rankings from U.S. News & World Report and Leapfrog Hospital Survey in each state. You search for hospitals in Kansas or Missouri, depending on where you live.

Best Hospitals to Give Birth in Kansas

AdventHealth Shawnee Mission

9100 W. 74th St. Shawnee Mission, KS 66204

Formally known as Shawnee Mission Medical Center, this hospital provides specialized care for your specific needs. They have services for special needs children, NICU deliveries (Level III) and everything in between.

According to Advent Health, “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 are looking for an updated maternity ward, you can find state-of-the-art equipment and practices.

Saint Luke’s South Hospital

12300 Metcalf Ave. Overland Park, KS 66213

The birth center at St. Luke’s South provides a highly-trained staff for everything from natural births to high-risk pregnancies. You can be sure your coming child will be int he best hands possible. You can deliver your baby in private suites, the one place you stay your entire visit. This allow you to focus on bonding with your newborn instead of shuffling around the hospital.

One-on-one attention and advanced medical technology ensure your needs are met and your baby provides the healthiest environment possible.

Their level II NICU center is also available if your child is born premature. Sleeping accommodations are available for your partner during your stay as well. You will also have access to breastfeeding support if you are a first time mom or need a refresher course.

** If you like this hospital system, there are 4 locations in KC. Each provide prenatal & postnatal care.

The University of Kansas Hospital

4000 Cambridge St. Kansas City, KS 6616

** Ranked the #1 hospital in Kansas City by U.S. News & World Report.

Because the hospital is located in downtown KC, it is easily accessible from many parts of the metro. Their team provides a wide-variety of birthing options to meet any parents’ needs.

From the beginning, you will receive advanced fetal care. This includes many diagnostic tests for early detection of development issues. Early detection of any issues allows for doctors to treat better before and after the pregnancy.

According to the University of Kansas website, “The University of Kansas Health System in Kansas City is a leader in safe deliveries and has been named one of the safest places in North America to have your baby. We are proud to report 32.5% fewer cesarean section deliveries than the national average and nearly 0 birth injuries.”

Olathe Medical Center

20333 W. 151st St. Olathe, KS 66061

Their brand new birthing center suites offer a redone experience for new parents. They can give birth in an updated, comfortable environment. Luxury suites are also available. These feature queen beds that are big enough to share with your partner.

The neonatal intensive care unit provides nurseries with webcams to keep an eye on your child, rooms for parents to stay overnight with their baby in the NICU and a large, dedicated staff.

Overland Park Regional Medical Center

10500 Quivira Rd. Overland Park, KS 66215

This hospital in Overland Park offers birthing suites with comfortable surroundings, a private bathroom and dedicated area for your little one. During labor you can relax in a jacuzzi tub too.

You’ll enjoy restaurant-style food, room service, gourmet snacks, drinks and free valet parking for your visitors. According to their website, the hospital also features, “the region’s most comprehensive certified nurse-midwife program.”

Level III NICU services are available if you have an early birth and the “region’s only dedicated antepartum unit for high-risk pregnancies.”

Menorah Medical Center

5721 W. 119th St. Overland Park, KS 66209

If you live in Leawood, Menorah Medical is right down the street. They offer a Level II NICU, surgical suites and specialized care for your child’s needs.

Their dedicated birthing center gives mothers-to-be a relaxing environment to give birth in. It is part of the HCA Midwest Health System so there are experienced doctors on call if needed.

Menorah Medical promises, “we’ll take the time to make sure we know your needs and preferences, and that you have all the information and support you need to feel confident and secure before, during and after giving birth.”

Providence Medical Center

8929 Parallel Pkwy. Kansas City, KS 66112

At Providence Medical, you will stay in a private room the night after you give birth so you are comfortable. The nurses care for the mother’s needs, then neonatal nurses care for your baby’s needs. While this hospital does not have a dedicated NICU team, there are Children’s Mercy doctors on standby if needed.

“You’ll also benefit from the latest and safest practices in childbirth, all in an environment that is as comfortable as home,” according to Providence Medical Center.

Best Hospitals to Give Birth in Missouri

These rankings are based on the U.S. World & News Report rankings for best hospitals in Missouri.

Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City

4401 Wornall Rd. Kansas City, MO 64111

This hospital provides a Level III NICU center and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialists to ensure the best care.

Their Heart Conditions in Pregnancy program is the ONLY program in the area that specializes in cardiac needs of the mother. If you have a heart condition or concerns, they can help.

Breastfeeding classes and support are also provided during your delivery stay, as well as after you leave the hospital. According to the hospital, they are “recognized by Blue Cross and Blue Shield as “Blue Distinction Center Plus” for maternity care for our demonstrated history of quality care, treatment expertise, and better patient results

** If you like this hospital system, there are 4 locations in KC. Each provide prenatal & postnatal care.

North Kansas City Hospital

2800 Clay Edwards Dr. North Kansas City, MO 64116

This hospital in North KC offers multiple pain management options, but does not specialize in natural births. If you are interested in this type of birth, consider a different place to give birth. NKC Hospital also offers a level III NICU.

** This is the only Level III NICU in North Kansas City. If you are expecting an early birth, be sure to check them out!

Types of Birth:

  • Vaginal birth
  • Assisted birth
  • C-section (Cesarean)

Centerpoint Medical Center

19600 E. 39th St. Independence, MO 64057

This is the place for personalized maternity care. There’s prenatal classes for before, as well as dedicated breastfeeding help for your stay.

Choose from nine private delivery rooms, then utilize the postpartum rooms to bond with your baby. There’s also an electronic security system for your infant which ensures the safety of mother and child.

There’s a level III NICU center and two surgical suites if complications arise. Find more information about their NICU department in this video:

Liberty Hospital

2525 Glenn Hendren Dr. Liberty, MO 64068

If you live in Liberty, Kearney or surrounding areas and you’re looking for a hospital near you, this is your best bet. Their state-of-the-art facility offers personal care for each pregnant mommy.

They also have a NICU unit that collaborates with Neonatologists at Children’s Mercy. According to Liberty Hospital, they also offer the only, “free boarding program [in KC]. When the mom is discharged before her baby, she can stay on the unit free of charge as long as space is available. If space if not available, The Birthing Center will make arrangements for her to stay on campus in The TreeHouse.”

Significant education programs are also available if you’re a first-time parent or just want a refresher. Check out a virtual tour of their facilities in this video:

Research Medical Center Main Campus

2316 E. Meyer Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64132

This KC hospital is one of the most innovative in the metro. Their OB department stays up-to-date on birthing best practices, such as delayed newborn bathing and nitrous oxide for labor pain relief.

They are the, “first hospital in Kansas City to offer nitrous oxide to laboring mothers. Nitrous oxide can replace narcotics or an epidural and is easily administered and controlled by the mother. It wears off quickly, and research shows it to be safe for both mom and baby” according to their website.

If you’re interested in natural birth, this hospital has extensive experience with these types of birth. There is also high satisfaction ratings from patients in a variety of departments.

Saint Luke’s East Hospital

100 NE Saint Luke’s Blvd. Lee’s Summit, MO 64086

This Lee’s Summit hospital provides a wide range of services, from natural childbirth and low intervention to high-risk pregnancies. Their high-tech equipment and highly trained staff ensure you’re receiving quality care during the most important time of your life.

There is a Level II NICU center, breastfeeding support and accommodations for your partner.

** If you like this hospital system, there are 4 locations in KC. Each provide prenatal & postnatal care.

Saint Luke’s North Hospital – Barry Road

5830 NW Barry Rd. Kansas City, MO 64154

The mother’s center is newly renovated for comfort ability and safety. They offer spacious private rooms, room service meals, breastfeeding help and high security to keep you safe.

Their NICU center is level II & prepared to help keep your baby as safe as can be.

** If you like this hospital system, there are 4 locations in KC. Each provide prenatal & postnatal care.

Resources for After You Have Your Baby

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  • Preschool Info (for down the road)

If you would like to explore more details about any of these hospitals’ safety ratings, find info on the Leapfrog site.

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