• Breastfeeding Services & Prenatal Classes

  • Breastfeeding Welcome Here LogoSt. Catherine Hospital has received the Gold Level “Breastfeeding Employees Support Award” from the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition and its Business Case for Breastfeeding program. The award is based on proven and established standards to benefit employers and employees. It recognizes businesses that provide support services to their breastfeeding employees, to include education as well as the time and space for employees to nurse and/or pump breastmilk at their workplace. This award is just one example of the work and dedication associates of St. Catherine Hospital have shown toward breastfeeding initiatives.

    The value of breastfeeding is the optimal way to feed a newborn. Breast milk contains just the right balance of nutrients in the form that is most easily used by a baby's body. The experience of breastfeeding is special for so many reasons -cost savings, health for both baby and mother and the bond which is formed. Breastfeeding benefits extend far beyond being the best source of nourishment. Breastfed infants have a lower risk of a variety of illnesses and infectious diseases. Plus there are numerous health benefits for the moms, too.

    You are invited to learn more at the breastfeeding clinic and prenatal classes offered at St. Catherine Hospital where an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant is trained to give you the support needed.

    High 5 ProgramThe High 5 program encourages adoption of five evidence-based maternity care practices that support breastfeeding success.  Participating hospitals receive on-site training for hospital staff and invited community members; educational support for employee advancement toward International Board Certified Lactation Consultant status; technical assistance to assure successful program implementation; resources including sample policies, training videos, patient education materials, and promotional marketing materials; and recognition as a High 5 participant.

  • Before Baby Arrives

    • Prenatal Consultations
      Call 620-272-2309 for an appointment
    • Prenatal Classes
      We offer prenatal classes that focus on labor and delivery, car seat safety, mother-baby social and emotional development as well as breastfeeding. We ask that you pre-register for these FREE classes by calling 620-272-2314.
      Second Saturdays from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
      In classrooms A,B,C at St. Catherine Hospital

  • While in the hospital

    Should you need breastfeeding training, education or support while in the hospital, our specially trained Mother-Baby Nurses and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, (IBCLC) will help you breastfeed right from the start. If you would like to speak with our IBCLC or one of our Certified Lactation Educators, please ask your nurse for more information.

  • After delivery
    • Breastfeeding Clinic Services
      The Breastfeeding Clinic at St. Catherine Hospital is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. without an appointment. There is no charge for services. We offer healthy baby weight checks, breast pump fit techniques as well as infant feeding support. Lactation consultations may take anywhere from 1-3 hours. When you attend a pump fit or a lactation consultation, please bring all necessary equipment needed. The Breastfeeding Clinic is located in Suite 206 of the Medical Building above Fry Eye Associates at St. Catherine Hospital, 310 E. Walnut.
      MOST Tuesdays and Thursdays. Arrive between 1pm and 3pm.          
      Call 620-272-2309 for specific meetings dates and more information.
    • Breastfeeding Welcome Here Business
      Mothers are more likely to patronize businesses where they feel comfortable.
      By taking the “Breastfeeding Welcome Here” pledge businesses agree to provide a welcoming environment.
    • BFF Group Breast Feeding Friends Group
      This group is held the 3nd Monday of the month, with the exception of May and September, from 5-7 pm for mom-to-mom breastfeeding support and community resources. The meeting is located in Suite 206 of the Medical Building at St. Catherine Hospital, 310 E. Walnut. For more information, please call 620-272-2309. 
    • Social Media Support
      This Facebook group is for everything breastfeeding and parenting in southwest Kansas. Join the discussion by clicking here
    • Contact Information
      International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Janet Colson at 620-272-2309 and leave a message or email her at m.janetcolson@centura.org
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