Our dedicated team of expert nurses, physicians and midwives are committed to providing the safest and most effective care.
While much is still being learned about COVID-19, your health and safety is our top priority. We are taking every precaution to ensure that patients, babies and patients are protected. All of our staff are trained in infection control measures for COVID-19.
You must follow the latest guidelines for infection prevention for yourself and your household. Practice social distancing. Avoid public places and staying away from anyone who has symptoms suggestive of COVID-19.
We ask patients and their named visitor to be particularly vigilant for social distancing in 14 days before your due date or scheduled admission.
When you arrive at the hospital, all patients and visitors will be asked these questions before entering the building:
All patients and visitors are required to wear masks and undergo a COVID screening before entering the hospital. During the simple screening process you will be asked a series of questions. Some questions you can expect during the screening are “Have you traveled out of state recently?” or “Have you developed symptoms such as a cough, fever or runny nose recently?”
Any mother with confirmed COVID-19 or who is experiencing symptoms will be supported. All the possible precautions will be taken to avoid spreading the virus to your infant.
For those who have or are suspected of having COVID-19, we have policies and procedures in place to ensure the health and safety of everyone.
A single named support person of choice will be allowed to accompany you during your hospital stay. If your visitor has been self-isolating due to COVID-19 symptoms, or in contact with an individual who has had symptoms, they MUST NOT come with you to the hospital. If your support person cannot pass our strict screening process, they MUST NOT come with you.
No children or additional visitors are permitted.
Childbirth Classes and Tours
All in-person parent education classes and tours are canceled at this time. Online classes for childbirth, breastfeeding, and newborn care are available. Please make an appointment with our Maternity Navigator to discuss your hospital stay, learn about the classes, and answer your questions. You can make a phone appointment by calling (785) 505-6397.
When you go into labor
If you think your labor has started, or if you need to go to the hospital due to an emergency or concern about the baby, know that we will be here to support you. Call the Family Birthing Center at (785) 505-6380 to let us know you are on your way. When you arrive at the hospital, enter through the Emergency entrance at 325 Maine. You will be screened quickly and then escorted to the Family Birthing Center.
How to start or continue breastfeeding will be determined by the mother in coordination with her healthcare providers. Guidelines for breastfeeding are provided by the Centers for Disease Control. Learn more about COVID and breastfeeding.