Labor & Delivery

Labor and DeliveryThe day you've been waiting for is finally here! Your new son or daughter is ready to join the world. Every birth is special and different, and North Kansas City Hospital's Labor & Delivery team is prepared to do everything possible to help you deliver a healthy baby.


When it’s time for your baby to make his or her appearance, head to the hospital and check in at the Admitting area on 1st Floor Pavilion. If you arrive before 7 a.m. or after 9 p.m. during the week, or anytime on the weekend, go to the Emergency Room, 2nd Floor Hospital. 

After you're admitted, we will ask you to complete several consent forms. We may also draw routine lab work. 

Types of Birth

Vaginal birth. During a vaginal birth, the baby is born through the birth canal.

Assisted birth. Assisted birth refers to methods that may be used to help the baby out of the birth canal. Common methods are episiotomy, vacuum extraction and/or forceps. 

C-section (Cesarean). In a cesarean birth, a doctor delivers your baby through an incision in your abdomen.

The typical length of stay for a vaginal delivery is 24-48 hours. Most cesarean deliveries require a 48-72 hour stay.

Pain Management Options

Labor and DeliveryAs your labor progresses, we'll talk with you about various pain control methods. 

Natural pain control. Try showers, birthing balls, position changes, massage, aromatherapy, rhythmic breathing or other relaxation techniques.
Epidural. Epidurals are the most common form of pain control during labor. With our 24-hour anesthesia services, an anesthesiologist can place an epidural if you are a candidate for one.
Narcotics. Narcotic pain medicine decreases your pain so you can relax.


You may have as many visitors as you like during labor. During delivery, you may have up to three visitors in the room, including your support person. If you deliver by C-section, only one person may be in the room with you.