Obstetric Services and Childbirth Education Classes
At McPherson Hospital's Obstetrics Department, it is our pleasure to provide you and your family with the most professional, competent, personal care you could ask for. We will treat your family like our family as we experience together one of the most special and memorable events life can offer â€“ the birth of a baby.
Here is what some of our "family members" have said:
"All of you made us feel right at home! The experience was more enjoyable because of the tender care you provided. We can never say enough positive remarks about you ladies whenever we're asked how our stay was."
"You are all such an amazing group of women/nurses. You have an outstanding TEAM. You all display a sincere level of care. I felt like you not only treated the baby and me as patients but also took good care of my husband and son."
"You made my journey into motherhood a truly amazing, smooth, and fun experience, and for that I'm ever grateful. The OB unit here is truly blessed to have such wonderful nurses!"
"Thank you so much for making the delivery and our stay so wonderful. We can't stop talking about how patient, kind, helpful, and knowledgeable every single nurse was. "
"I can't begin to tell you how fabulous you all cared for me and my newborn. I say it to everyone, that I am not sure how I would have done it without you all! Personal attention and care was phenomenal. I feel like I was way more prepared for being at home than many moms! You all help run such a great department. I am so thankful for the personal attention we received from every doctor and nurse. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!"
What can you expect during your stay?
A Secure Unit
We provide a secure unit by controlling access into and out of the department. When you or your guests arrive, simply press the doorbell and we will release the door lock system to let you in. In the same way, you will also need staff assistance to leave the unit.
Guest Waiting Areas and Guest Services
There is a place for family and friends to wait just outside the department so they are never far away. There is also another waiting area just inside the hospital entrance if more space is needed. Public restrooms are close to each.
For food and beverages while they wait, cafeteria hours are 6:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Staff can direct you to the nearest vending machine. Several are located throughout the building for use 24 hours a day.
Am I In Labor?
If you think you may be in labor or need to be seen by the professionals in McPherson Hospital's Obstetrics Department, please stop at the Admission Area at the hospital entrance before coming to our unit located on the 2nd floor. Between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., enter the front hospital doors and go the Admissions area. After 5:00 p.m., use the Emergency Room Admissions desk. When possible, call ahead so we can plan for your arrival.
We have two labor and delivery rooms. During the labor process, nursing staff will explain what to expect every step of the way. You will be involved in designing the care you receive so we can meet your expectations.
We know how important the support of family and friends is, so we therefore allow visitors during the labor process. However, there may be times when staff will find it necessary to limit the number of visitors at your bedside. When it is time for delivery, you are welcome to have two support people remain with you.
Your doctor will see you as his or her daily office schedule allows, but is always just a phone call away for immediate needs. He or she will be kept informed by nursing staff of your progress between their personal visits and will be present for the birth of your baby. If your baby has a different doctor than you do, they will be notified following the baby's birth.
If your baby is born by cesarean section, you will be able to have one support person present with you during the delivery. Cesarean deliveries take place in the operating suite conveniently located on the obstetrics floor. Sometimes unexpected emergent circumstances do not make it possible for a support person to be with you in the operating suite. Please know that these decisions are made with your comfort and safety in mind.
Your comfort during labor is very important to us. Along with support of nursing staff and medicines that can be given to lessen the pain of labor and birth, we also have Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists available 24 hours a day if you choose to have an epidural. These same CRNA's will provide necessary anesthesia care should you need to have a cesarean delivery. If you would like to visit with a member of the anesthesia department prior to labor, you are invited to call the hospital and ask to speak with them.
After Your Baby is Born
There are five private rooms in our department. Following delivery, you will be moved to one of these rooms for the remainder of your stay with us. Your doctor will stop to see you every day. Your spouse or support person is welcome to spend the night with you.
All meals will be delivered to your room, but you are welcome to have food brought in any time you wish. If a visitor would like to have a meal delivered from the cafeteria along with your meal tray, please let staff know and they will call for a guest tray. Cost for this is just $5.00.
Nursing staff will spend quality, personal, one-on-one time with you sharing important information regarding care of yourself and your baby. When it's time for you to begin your new life at home, you will be prepared to do so comfortably and confidently.
The best way for you to learn to know your newborn is to have him or her with you during your stay, but some routine care will be provided in the nursery such as assessments, daily weights, and lab draws. For newborns requiring additional observation or care, one-on-one care is provided in this environment.
Childbirth Education Classes
We believe that learning about the birth process and how to care for your newborn helps you assume your role as a new parent with greater ease, confidence, and enjoyment. Our classes are taught by experienced nurses who will help guide you through the physical and emotional experiences that await you. Information includes:
Classes are held every other month beginning in January. We will use your due date to determine which class you should attend. For dates and times, and to register for upcoming classes, come to the Obstetrics Department. Early registration is encouraged as class size is limited. Payment is due upon registration:
- The process and progression of labor and delivery
- Tour of the Obstetrics Department
- Pain control options including medications and epidural anesthesia
- Induced labor
- Cesarean delivery
- Car seat safety
- Postpartum Depression
- Breast and bottle feeding
- What to expect during your stay
$25 if you are delivery at McPherson Hospital
Come experience all we have to offer. We appreciate the opportunity to provide quality, personal care to you during the birth of your baby. You can reach us at 620-241-2250, ext. 236 for inquiries about our services, to learn about our delivering physicians, or schedule a tour.
$50 if you are delivering at another facility