When you're having a baby you want the privacy, special touches and caring support of a freestanding childbirth center. But you also want access to all the technology and specialists that might ever be needed during labor and delivery.
Our NewLife Center for labor and delivery gives you both. It spans the entire fourth floor, creating the feeling of a freestanding center. But it's a comfortable place even for women with high-risk pregnancies who may need the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Our caring, experienced, family-friendly staff will be there for you before, during and after the childbirth.
Staffed by highly skilled labor and delivery nurses dedicated to providing family-centered care, the NewLife Center has 15 spacious and attractively decorated labor and delivery suites. Each is designed to provide an intimate and comfortable environment for you and those with whom you choose to share your childbirth experience.
Each room also is equipped with the technology necessary to provide a safe labor, birth and delivery for you and your baby. And because we believe every birthing center should be equipped to handle the unexpected, a Level III NICU is just steps away.
After your baby is born, you'll move to one of our large, well-appointed mom and baby suites, where the queen-size beds create the pampering atmosphere of a posh hotel.
Breastfeeding moms will find advice and encouragement with breastfeeding classes before their babies are born, a visit from a certified lactation consultant during their hospital stay, and follow-up support after going home.
The NewLife Center care team is highly experienced and specially trained to care for moms and babies through every phase of labor, delivery and after childbirth to return home.
The facility is prepared for even the most complicated pregnancies and births, with obstetricians and labor and delivery nursing staff trained in obstetrical and neonatal critical care for high risk pregnant mothers and premature babies or ill newborns.
Birth plans allow expectant moms to plan in advance what sort of pain relief they'd like during childbirth, whether they'd like silence or soft music, or be alone with their partner during the actual childbirth or have other family or friends present.
Childbirth classes prepare parents and families for impending birth with a tour of our facility, birthing education and more.
Tours of the birthing center at the NewLife Center are available Sunday afternoons, Tuesday evenings, Thursday evenings or Saturday mornings. If those scheduled times do not work for you, call the number listed below for the Wichita location only. The tour provides information about where to go at time of delivery and gives you a chance to see the New Life Center birthing rooms, postpartum rooms, and the breastfeeding clinic. You will receive a birth plan, preadmission paperwork and childbirth education class information to begin planning your labor experience. We will go over everything from where to park, what to bring and what happens at the hospital.
To schedule a tour at our Via Christi New Life Center in Wichita, call 316-689-5485.
Via Christi childbirth team
The OB/GYNs who labor and deliver thousands of babies at the NewLife Center are supported by a highly experienced team of labor and delivery nurses trained to care for you and your baby through every phase of labor, childbirth, recovery and preparation to return home. The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) team also includes:
- Around the clock coverage by board-certified neonatologists and neonatal nurse practitioners; and board-certified anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists
- Lactation consultants who provide education and support to all breastfeeding moms
- A critical-care transport team standing by to bring high-risk patients to the NewLife Center NICU by ground or air transportation
- Consulting specialists in pediatric surgery, genetic conditions, conditions affecting the urinary or nervous system, bones, heart, lungs or blood; and infectious disease
- Audiologists who test every baby's hearing before he or she goes home
- A NewLife chaplain and social workers to offer guidance and support
- Pediatric therapists specializing in speech, physical therapy and more