Childbirth & Beyond
Congratulations on your new bundle of joy! This is an exciting time with rapid changes occuring for mothers and families. Citizen’s Health is committed to you and your family, and we will continue support you throughout your recovery and your baby’s development. Feel free to contact your primary care physician at any time with questions or concerns, or visit the Office of Women’s Health for helpful information regarding postnatal care for you and your baby.
The value of breastfeeding is well established as the optimal way to feed a newborn, as breast milk contains the perfect balance of nutrients which make it easily absorbed by a baby’s body. Additionally, breastfed infants have lower risks of becoming ill or contracting infectious diseases. To showcase our commitment to health, we are excited to be recognized as High 5 for Mom & Baby hospital, as well as working toward designation as a Baby-Friendly USA hospital.
The High 5 for Mom & Baby program encourages adoption of five evidence-based practices that support breastfeeding success. The initiative is funded by the United Methodist Health Ministries and awarded to Kansas hospitals which follow these practices.
Citizens Health is currently working toward designation as a Baby-Friendly USA hospital. Baby-Friendly USA is a global program to encourage the broadscale implementation of the Ten Steps to successful breastfeeding and the international code of marketing of breast-milk substitutes. The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) assists hospitals in giving mothers the information, confidence, and skills necessary to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies or safely feed with formula. The program is considered the Gold Standard of Care.
Certified Lactation Counselor
Our certified lactation counselors provide breastfeeding counseling and lactation management free of charge and you may request a consult at any point.
- Jenny Johnson (785) 462-6184
- Jenna Flanagin (785) 460-1278
- Abby Barnett (785) 460-1276
- Kristy Kahle (785) 460-6184 ext. 300
- Phoebe Butts (785) 460-6184 ext. 300
- Randi Smith (785) 462-6184 ext. 722
Thomas County Health Department also has lactation counselors available and can be reached at (785) 460-4596.
Be sure to consult with your physician regarding the proper schedule for you (6 weeks post delivery) and your baby (will be scheduled before you leave) to receive postpartum care, and for information on the signs and symptoms of distress during the precious, yet critical, first weeks post delivery.
Our Medical Records department is responsible for submitting information to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment Office of Vital Statistics on births.
- Our obstetrics unit personnel, along with our medical records team, will assist you in completing your baby’s birth certificate information when your baby is born.
- You can obtain a certified copy of the birth certificate by contacting the Office of Vital Statistics.