Preparing for Childbirth

Congratulations on your new addition!  This can be an exciting time with rapid changes occurring for both mothers and their family.  To help with this, we have a dedicated unit for expectant mothers and their newborn children.  You will receive care from a dedicated staff familiar with the questions and care you and your newborn will need.  It includes a designated hospital entrance and parking lot located on the west side of the hospital.  Using this entrance will help you receive immediate care and notify us of your arrival.  Please ask your family and visitors to use this entrance.       

High 5 Recognized:

Citizens Medical Center is now a High 5 for Mom & Baby recognized hospital. What is High 5 for Mom & Baby? It is an initiative funded by the United Methodist Health Ministries for hospitals to provide 5 best practices for care that supports breastfeeding. Kansas hospitals must follow these practices at a minimum of 80% to qualify for this recognition. The five practices are 1. Assure immediate and sustained skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby after birth. 2. Give newborn infants no food or drink other than breast milk unless medically indicated. 3. Practice “rooming in” allow mother and infants to remain together 24 hours a day 4. Give no pacifiers or artificial nipples to breastfeeding infants. 5. Provide mothers options for breastfeeding support upon discharge such as a telephone number, walk-in clinic information, or contacts for support groups in the community. You can find more information at


Please bring valid picture identification and insurance card with you to assist in the admissions process.  The admissions process will occur on the Obstetrics Unit or at preregistration.  The standard hours for the admissions department are 7:15AM-5:00PM.  Their phone number is (785) 460-1211. 

What Should I Bring for the Mother:

Bringing the following items with you will make your childbirth more convenient and comfortable:

  • Contacts (including case and solution) or glasses.
  • Comfortable clothes, socks, and shoes.
  • Hair bands, lip balm, hand lotion, and other toiletries.
  • Cell Phone or prepaid calling card.
  • Cell Phone charger.
  • Camera or video recorder.
  • Bathrobe/ slippers.
  • Relaxation materials: books, magazines, games, or music. 

What Should I Bring for the Baby:

  • Outfit for trip home including socks and stocking cap.
  • Pacifier (As a High 5 designated hospital, we do not provide pacifiers) 
  • Receiving blanket. 
  • A car seat inspected by a car seat technician (recommended- but not required).  

What Should I Leave at Home:

We recommend you leave the following items at home for safekeeping:

  • Jewelry.
  • Large amounts of money or credit cards.
  • Sentimental or irreplaceable items.

What to Expect of the Childbirth Process:

  • Delivery room staff include: a medical provider, anesthesia personnel, a nurse for mother, a nurse for baby, a respiratory therapist, and other personnel as required.   
  • To use conventional comfort measures that include: paced breathing, position changes, walking, warm bath/shower, aroma therapy, and guided imagery.  It is highly recommended that mother and any coaches take a childbirth class and practice together before delivery.
  • To potentially use advanced comfort measures that include intravenous medication and epidural anesthesia. 
  • You may stay in the hospital for several days to ensure that both mother and newborn are healthy and recovering well from delivery. 


  • Mothers may request up to 3 coaches to assist during the delivery process.
  • Mothers may request 1 coach if the delivery is performed by cesarean section.
  • We encourage visitation between the hours of 10:00AM and 8:30PM daily.
  • Please delay visitation if you are ill; people with symptoms of an illness will not be allowed to visit the mother or child.  
  • Brothers/Sisters of the newborn will be allowed to visit; no other children 12 and under are allowed to visit the Obstetrics unit. 
  • Quite time is daily between the hours of 2-3:30pm. We ask that only 1 support person and sibling visit during this time to promote bonding of the family unit and rest. 
  • Please wash your hands before entering patient rooms and after exiting.
  • Please Cover your Cough.   
  • It is recommended that visitors wait approximately 2 hours after delivery before visiting to promote family unit bonding. This is based on patient preference and patient wishes will be followed. 

Birth Certificates:

Our Health Information Management (H.I.M.) department, formerly called Medical Records, is responsible for submitting information to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s Office of Vital Statistics on births. 

  • We recommend you begin providing information to HIM prior to the birth of your child.  (Two to four weeks prior to the birth of your child is sufficient.)  
  • The birth certificate will be completed on the Obstetrics unit when your child(ren) is/are born.
  • You can obtain a certified copy of the birth certificate by contacting the Office of Vital Statistics at

Certified Lactation Counselor:

Our certified Lactation Counselors provide breastfeeding counseling and lactation management. Contact Jenny Johnson at 785-462-6184, Monique Cheatume at 785-460-1286, Jenna Flannagin at 785-460-1278 or Abby Barnett at 785-460-1276. Thomas County Health Department also has lactation counselors available and can be reached at 785-460-4596.

When to Contact Your Medical Provider Before Delivery:

In addition to any concerns you have, the following signs and symptoms should prompt you to immediately contact your medical provider:

  • Swelling of your face or fingers, generalized body swelling, or sudden weight gain.
  • Severe headache, blurred vision, or spots before your eyes.
  • Abdominal pain or persistent vomiting.
  • Chills or fever.
  • Painful urination.
  • Vaginal bleeding.
  • Vaginal discharge or a leakage of fluid. 
  • A change in the activity level of your baby.
  • Any signs of preterm labor (low dull backache, sensation of pelvic pressure, diarrhea, vaginal spotting or bleeding, or watery vaginal discharge).
  • Accidental injury. 
Contact Us:
Citizens Medical Center, Inc.
100 E. College Drive
Colby, KS 67701
(785) 462-7511