Women’s Life Center

We’ve been delivering babies and caring for mothers for over 90 years. For the staff of the Women’s Life Center, the miracle of new life never diminishes. At Newman Regional Health, every delivery is a special delivery. A comfortable, homelike birthing room allows for labor, delivery, and recovery to take place in the same room. These rooms are equipped with cable TV and WiFi so emailing your baby’s first picture, minutes after delivery, is possible using your own laptop. Cell phones may be used in the delivery rooms as well to text messages and pictures. Via Internet, your friends and family can even view the delivery live with the use of a webcam.  

You can rest assured that while the setting is homelike, the medical equipment and care you will receive are state-of-the-art. We believe that the birth of a baby is a very personal experience. That’s why we offer options for delivery, positioning and comfort measures, anesthesia, and coaching support.

One of the first joys of parenting will be holding your baby.  Infants are placed skin-to-skin immediately after delivery as recommended by the Kansas High 5 initiative. Cesarean section deliveries take place in Newman’s delivery/operating room which is located near the other delivery rooms in the Women’s Life Center.

Our visitation schedules encourage family togetherness. Dad and other immediate family members may visit at any time.  From 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. daily we observe a “quiet time” on the unit.  We encourage moms and dads to rest during this time.  Open visiting hours are at the mother’s discretion. For the protection of your newborn, all visitors must be free from communicable diseases.

Childbirth at Newman's Women's Life Center

More than 40,000 babies have been brought into the world at Newman’s Women’s Life Center. That's more than 500 miracles of life each year! The Women's Life Center features the LDR concept, where labor, delivery, and recovery all occur in private home-like birthing rooms.

Today, more than ever, the focus at Newman Regional Health is on the family. Birth is a very personal experience. The Women’s Life Center is designed to allow families the freedom to choose the birth experience most meaningful to them.

Parents enjoy the closeness and tremendous family bonding that occur during the earliest moments of life. After delivery, the nursing staff closely observes the mother and baby should complications arise. A lactation consultant is available for breastfeeding mothers who need assistance after delivery.

Breastfeeding products are available for sale or rent at Newman Medical Supply.

"Becoming a Mom" Prenatal Classes

Being pregnant and having a baby is a wonderful experience, yet it can be scary, too!  Whether you are experiencing a pregnancy for the first time or the fourth time, each experience is different and can create new challenges and concerns.  The more you can learn with each pregnancy, the better you will be able to care for yourself and your baby and the healthier you will both be.

That's why Newman Regional Health is now providing group education sessions to all pregnant patients.  These group sessions are called "Becoming a mom."

"Becoming a Mom" classes will help you:

  • Interact with other pregnant women
  • Share your experiences and concerns
  • Learn more about common pregnancy experiences
  • Learn more about labor and delivery
  • Learn how to be successful with breastfeeding
  • Learn how to calm your baby

Session 1- Prenatal Care: What to expect from your prenatal care - ask questions & get answers to all your concerns

Session 2- Pregnancy Health: Learn how stress, certain foods, and many other things can affect your pregnancy

Session 3- Signs and Symptoms of Preterm Labor/Labor and Delivery: Why last weeks of pregnancy matter

Session 4- Infant Feeding/Breastfeeding Basics: What to expect & how to overcome problems with breastfeeding even for the experienced breastfeeding mom

Session 5- Infant Care/Happiest Baby on the Block/Period of Purple Crying/SIDS Reduction

Session 6- Postpartum Recovery/Interconception Health: Regaining health between pregnancies

Each session participants will receive a gift for attending, attend all 6 classes and earn a free pack n play or other prize from our prize board!!!!

Class Schedule

Sessions are Tuesday evenings from 6pm - 8pm.  Please download a schedule here.

Class Location

Sessions are held at Newman Regional Health in the ESU School of Nursing at 1127 Chestnut Street Emporia, KS 66801.


Register by calling Heather Aylward in the Women's Health Center at (620) 343-6800, ext. 4499 or email haylward@newmanrh.org

Labor and Delivery

As an expectant mother, you want the very best medical care to ensure that your baby is born healthy and that you stay strong enough to care for your newborn  At Newman Regional Health we offer private rooms, the ideal setting during your special and very intimate time.

When you choose the Women’s Life Center at NRH, you’re choosing to give birth in a compassionate and comfortable environment. Our team of the most dedicated doctors, certified nurse midwife, and nurses work together to deliver quality, attentive care for you and your baby.

Epidural Anesthesia for Labor

Epidural analgesia, sometimes called an epidural block, causes some loss of feeling in the lower areas of your body, yet you remain awake and alert. An epidural block may be given soon after your contractions start, or later as your labor progresses. An epidural block is given in the lower back into a small area (the epidural space) outside the spinal cord. You will be asked to sit with your back curved outward and to stay this way until the procedure is completed.

After the epidural needle is placed, a small tube (catheter) is inserted through it, and the needle is withdrawn. A continuous dose of medication can then be given through the tubing continuously and you will be given a button to self-administer extra doses. It is fine to lie on the catheter. It is soft and flexible. Although an epidural block will make you more comfortable, you still may be aware of your contractions. You can move when it is done, but you will not be allowed to walk around.

An epidural block with more or stronger medications can be used for a Cesarean delivery. In a sense the epidural can provide a margin of safety since the epidural can be "strengthened" quickly and safely in the setting of an unplanned Cesarean delivery. Patients with indwelling epidural catheters rarely require general anesthesia for their Cesarean section.

Out of all the options for pain control, epidurals provide the best and most reliable level of pain relief and patient satisfaction.

Anesthesia for Elective Cesarean Section

Cesarean births require anesthesia – either via an epidural, a combined spinal/epidural, or rarely, a general anesthetic. Your anesthesia provider will discuss the options available to you and remain with you throughout the surgery.

Visiting Regulations

A spouse or support person is encouraged to be with you to participate in the birth experience. Any additional visitors present during the actual delivery must have prior approval from your physician and nurse. For your safety and privacy, please have all visitors use the waiting room and not wait in the hallways. The visiting policy will be adjusted based on current infection guidelines. We reserve the right to limit visitors under certain situations.

Parenting Center

For more than 90 years, Newman Regional Health has helped bring babies into the world. For the staff of the Women's Life Center, the miracle of new life never diminishes.

Mothers can enjoy ongoing support at the Parenting Center through the Weigh to Grow! class held Tuesday mornings and Thursday evenings. We also offer prenatal classes to help prepare the mother for her upcoming birth experience.

Weigh to Grow! Mom's Support Group

Weigh to Grow! is a support group for Moms whether they are breastfeeding or bottle-feeding their babies. Moms have a chance to weigh their babies and receive help with infant feeding. Come meet other new mothers with infants!

Support group times are on Tuesdays and Thursdays (excluding holidays):
Tuesday:  10 am – 12 pm
Thursday:  5 – 6:30 pm

Please call the Parenting Center at (620) 343-6800, ext. 4477 for more information. The Parenting Center is located on the 4th floor of Newman Regional Health.

Personal Lactation Support

It sometimes takes infants and new mothers a little while to get used to breastfeeding.  Experts in our Parenting Center provide personal lactation support to help you and your baby learn to work together to make sure nutritional goals are met - even after you go home.   NRH employs three International Board Certified Lactation Consultants:  Gina Slayden, RN, IBCLC, Amanda Janzen, RN, IBCLC, and Kimberly Coleman, RN, IBCLC.  

Gina Slayden, RN, IBCLC is available for private appointments or by attending our Breastfeeding Support Group. Gina can be reached by email: gslayden@newmanrh.org or by phone at (620) 343-6800 ext. 4477.

The NRH Breastfeeding Support Group meets Tuesdays from 10:00am - 12noon and Thursdays from 5:00pm - 6:30pm.  Stop by to see how your baby is growing, get breastfeeding support, or just talk with other moms.

Because hospitals play an important role in making the breastfeeding experience easier, Newman Regional Health is also a proud participant in "High 5 for Mom & Baby", a program that aims to improve breastfeeding success in Kansas through hospital care that supports nursing moms and babies.  We are proud to say our new moms have a very high breastfeeding rate of 90 percent.

Reliable sources for breastfeeding information:

Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition, Inc: www.KSBreastfeeding.org

Business Case for Breastfeeding: www.KansasBusinessCase.com

High 5 for Mom & Baby: www.High5Kansas.org

La Leche League of Kansas: Video teaching hand expression of milk by the university of Stanford:


Kelly Mom breastfeeding medications: http://kellymom.com/bf/can-i-breastfeed/meds/aap-approved-meds/

Breastfeeding Clinic

The Breastfeeding Clinic "Weigh to Grow" works with families to help make breastfeeding a wonderful experience for mom and baby. We encourage mom's support person to attend appointments to learn how to assist mom at home.

With the expertise of certified Lactation Specialists, the clinic guides women through all breastfeeding issues, including weaning the baby from the breast.

The clinic is available for prenatal teaching and assessment, follow up days after going home or any time a woman feels the need for support and guidance. Group Clinic is Tuesdays from 10am-12 and Thursdays 5:00pm- 6:30pm.  If the nurse identifies any issues needing medical attention she can refer mom or baby to appropriate providers.

No appointment is needed for group clinic.  If a private appointment or for further questions call 343-6800 ext. 4477 or email gslayden@newmanrh.org

Newman’s Nursery

Newman's Nursery allows everyone to see your precious newborn baby for the first time and share the joy that your newborn baby brings. Newborns are listed on the WebNursery by first name and last initial only. Click on the logo below to view the babies!

Newman's Nursery

For technical assistance with accessing the WebNursery, please contact Our 365 at (800) 433-0855 or go to http://www.our365.com.

Please note that baby announcements are posted about 10-14 days after Our 365 receives the film shipped from Newman Regional Health.

Newborn pictures are only posted if the parents have given written consent. If the baby you are looking for does not appear on the WebNursery, the baby’s parents should call Our 365 at (800) 433-0855.

Level II Nursery

The Level II Nursery is equipped to care for infants needing specialized care. Not only is the nursery for babies who need a little extra care, it is also for healthy babies of mothers who need some extra time to recover and rest after delivery. While no one likes to think about having problems with the birth of a child, it is reassuring to know that the staff of the Women’s Life Center is trained to respond to any unexpected emergency that may arise. Most infants who require specialized care remain near mother in our Intermediate Care (Level II) Nursery, which provides neonatal equipment and a specially trained staff to provide expert care around the clock for your baby.

Postpartum Care

When you and your baby are moved to the mother-baby unit, identification bands will be issued to you, your baby, and the baby's father or support person.   Someone with a identification band must be with the baby at all times.  The baby may go to the nursery if no one with a band is available to stay with the baby.  For safety and security reasons all hospital staff on the mother-baby unit are required to wear hospital ID badges. Your baby will wear a special ID band, which triggers an alarm if the baby is removed from the mother-baby area without authorization.

You are encouraged to keep your baby with you in your room. You and your baby are cared for as a pair, receiving your nursing care from the same nurse. This promotes educational opportunities along with open communication between you and your nurse.

Postpartum rooms include cordless phones, microwaves, and refrigerators. After delivery and a short recovery time, you will move to a private postpartum room. Our family-centered care is designed for the health, comfort, and enjoyment of your family. You may spend as much time with your baby as you choose, keeping your baby in your room 24 hours a day if you desire. Our nurses will help you learn about baby care, feeding, after delivery self-care, and other related topics. Snacks and beverages are available to you at any time. Every room is equipped with amenities including microwaves and refrigerators, all donated by the Newman Auxiliary. Twin-size sleeper sofas, donated by the Newman Regional Health Foundation, in all postpartum rooms to give new dads or other family members a place to rest and stay overnight while staying with mom and child.

Advanced Security

During your time with us, we want your attention to be focused on bonding with your baby. Rest assured, the Women’s Life Center provides advanced security system for the safety of your newborn.

 You are encouraged to keep your baby with you in your room. You and your baby are cared for as a pair, receiving your nursing care from the same nurse. This promotes educational opportunities along with open communication between you and your nurse.

Baby & Me Tobacco Free

 BABY & ME – Tobacco Free Program is a smoking cessation program created to reduce the burden of tobacco use on the pregnant and post-partum population.  

Please feel free to click the link below for more information or contact Heather Aylward at haylward@newmanrh.org or 620-343-6800 ext 4497. 


Meet the Providers

The following obstetrics and gynecology physicians (OB/GYNs) have medical privileges to deliver babies at Newman Regional Health:

Family practice physicians who have medical privileges to deliver babies include:


Women’s Life Center
Newman Regional Health

1201 W. 12th Avenue
Emporia, KS 66801

Please click on individual providers for their contact information. 

Newman Regional Health
Newman Regional Health (Hospital)
1201 W. 12th Avenue, Emporia, Kansas 66801
Phone: (620) 343-6800
Newman Medical Plaza
1301 W. 12th Avenue, Emporia, Kansas 66801