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Midwifery Program

North Kansas City Hospital is the first hospital in the Northland to offer comprehensive midwifery services. Our certified nurse-midwives are advanced practice registered nurses with master degrees in nursing. They also completed a midwifery certification program. 

The Midwifery Model

Under the midwifery model of childbirth, women are encouraged to let labor begin on its own and progress at it own pace. Medical interventions are used only if they become necessary or if the mother requests them. 

Hydrotherapy, birthing balls and different body positions are just a few common methods used during labor and delivery. 

Our CNMs care for women whose pregnancies are considered low-risk. Should a woman develop high-risk issues during pregnancy, the midwives refer to one of their practice's obstetricians for care.

A Safety Net

Many women want the personal birth experience the midwifery model provides, but they also want the reassurance of a hospital birth.  

Every midwifery client completes a birth plan, which lets the midwives, Labor and Delivery nurses, and doctors know the mother’s wishes. However, during active labor, that plan can change. A woman may need pain medication or an epidural. If unexpected complications arise, we have obstetricians on call 24/7. We also have Children’s Mercy Hospital’s neonatal practitioners on-site and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit.

Gynecological Services

Our CNMs don't just deliver babies. They also provide care to women throughout their lifetime. They can help women with family planning, annual exams, issues concerning menopause and other gynecological services. 

Perfect Timing

Midwifery patient story

This first-time mom chose the road less traveled to deliver Alyssa, and she couldn't be happier. Her search for birthing options led Megan to the Northland's only midwifery program just in time for the birth of her daughter.