Your comfort, your care and the care of your baby is our utmost concern when you deliver your baby.
Twenty homelike suites are designed for mothers-to-be and their new additions to provide a feeling of comfort. The Birthplace has specially designed birthing beds and reclining chairs that change into a bed to accommodate a guest. A private bathroom is also available with each suite.
Our expertise in high risk pregnancy, maternal fetal medicine and perinatal diagnostics makes us uniquely qualified to care for you and your baby. Learn more about high-risk pregnancy services at TMC.
All deliveries are attended by a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit nurse, and if needed, our Level III Newborn Intensive Care Unit for infants with special needs is just steps away. Our staff also provides care to mothers who deliver at Children’s Mercy Hospital for emergency and critical care maternal fetal medicine issues. A bridge connects the two facilities for easy access between the hospitals.
You and your baby can stay together as much as you like, and guests are welcome. Visiting hours are from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
If you'd like to take a tour of The Birthplace or need more information, please call 816-404-BABY (2229).
We offer a variety of classes, which are held on the 6th Floor of the hospital. Signs will be posted on class days.
For class dates and times, please call 816-404-4124 or click here to view our calendar (PDF).
The decision to breastfeed is a personal one. Breastfeeding provides numerous benefits for you and your baby. It is a beautiful and natural way to bond with your new baby. Our qualified staff is here to provide support as you learn how to breastfeed. A variety of complimentary breastfeeding services are available before and after you deliver your baby.
Prenatal Breastfeeding Education
Lactation Consultants offer free, one-on-one, prenatal breastfeeding education to individuals delivering at TMC-Health Sciences District. You will learn about newborn feeding behaviors, position and latch techniques, and breastfeeding resources available after you leave the hospital. Please call 816-404-0474 for more information.
In-hospital breastfeeding assistance
TMC is committed to encouraging exclusive breastfeeding as the ideal method for feeding and nurturing babies. During your hospital stay, breastfeeding help is available day and night. Our nursing staff and lactation consultants can give assistance and answer questions you might have. Breastfeeding mothers will receive a free manual breastpump.
Outpatient visits for families with breastfeeding questions and concerns
This is an opportunity to meet one-on-one with a certified lactation consultant. They will be able to answer questions and assist with breastfeeding challenges. Call 816-404-0474 for an appointment.
Baby Café Weekly Breastfeeding Support Meetings
After you deliver, join us for Baby Café every Tuesday from 1-2:30pm in the Family Education Center on the 6th floor. . Baby Café provides a relaxed and informal environment led by TMC lactation consultants. Mothers can bond with each other, share experiences and get up-to-date information from knowledgeable staff. Registration is not required for this group. Mothers that deliver at TMC Health Sciences District can receive a free electric breastpump after attending three meetings.
Download Resources and Brochures:
- Baby Café
- Baby Café Spanish
- Benefits of Breastfeeding
- Benefits of Breastfeeding Spanish
- My Breastfeeding Plan
- My Breastfeeding Plan Spanish
- Breastfeeding Beginnings Press Release
- TMC Named "Show Me 5" Hospital Press Release
- 10 Steps to Baby Friendly Care
- 10 Steps to Baby Friendly Care Spanish
- Safe Sleep Tips
Need to speak with a Lactation Consultant? Give us a call at 816-404-0474
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Premature and high-risk babies are cared for by a dedicated staff of neonatologists and neonatal nurses in our Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
TMC focuses on family-centered, developmentally-supportive care. Parents and families are crucial to an infant's recovery and development, so we encourage and facilitate the strong presence and involvement of parents and family in the care we provide.
Labor of Love
Visit Labor of Love for pregnancy resources, classes, videos and countless tips from TMC Physicians, blog contributors and other mothers living in Kansas City.
TMC is Baby-Friendly
Truman Medical Center Health Sciences District is the first Baby-Friendly hospital in Kansas City and the second in the state of Missouri as designated by the World Health Organization.
The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is a global program that was launched by WHO and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in 1991 to encourage and recognize hospitals and birthing centers when they have implemented the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. These steps are designed to promote breastfeeding as the generally preferred method for providing nutrition to newborns and infants.
TMC is a Safe Sleep Hospital
TMC Health Sciences District is recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as a Cribs for Kids® National Silver Certified Safe Sleep Hospital for our commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep. Ours is one of the first hospitals in Missouri to receive the title.
TMC’s Safe Sleep program provides a free Cribs for Kids® Cribette/Pack N Play for eligible families who attend our Safe Sleep Class and deliver at TMC. The Safe Sleep/SIDS Education is the third Wednesday of the month from 2-3:30pm.
TMC is a Blue Distinction Center
As a Blue Distinction Center, the TMC Health Sciences District Birthplace is recognized for its expertise in delivering patient care both safely and effectively.
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