Women's Care E-News

A quarterly newsletter from Research Medical Center

April 2009

cece09From the Director....

In the past year, the Women's Services department at Research Medical Center has seen an enormous amount of change and growth, including a newly renovated Women's Care Labor & Delivery Unit. Renovations to the $9 million unit include beautiful, private rooms with flat screen televisions, 12 labor delivery rooms, three assessment/triage rooms and a 22-bed Mother/Baby/Gyn unit. In addition, Research Medical Center offers a 19-bed, Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Research Medical Center also offers a high-risk perinatal clinic with an experienced team of compassionate, highly skilled perinatologists. We are pleased to welcome Midwest Perinatal Associates back to Research Medical Center. The opening of the Maternal Fetal Medicine Clinic allows us to offer comprehensive care to all of our obstetrical patients.

Our pre-registration program helps to streamline the hospital admitting process with individual appointments, familiarizing the patient with the hospital surroundings and paperwork before they are admitted. We are committed to providing the best care possible for our patients. Our dedicated nursing staff boasts more than 1,200 years of combined experience.

We offer a wide variety of classes, programs and medical services for new and expectant parents. These include preventive services from state-of-the-art diagnostics and screenings to advanced services such as gynecological surgeries and cardiac catheterizations. 

Cece Davis, R.N.
Director, Women's Services
Research Medical Center


Support Group

Research Medical Center offers a breastfeeding support group where mothers can socialize, exchange ideas and share concerns. A lactation consultant is available to answer questions and provide support. For more information, call 816-276-3145.

1-3 p.m.
Maternal Child Classroom
(2nd Floor)

Other Important Numbers

Women's Care
Labor & Delivery


Healthy Arrivals
Prenatal Classes

Physician Referral

Thomas Lancaster, MD, Named
NICU Medical Director

lancaster09Thomas Lancaster, MD, was recently named medical director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Research Medical Center. Dr. Lancaster received his medical degree from the University of Chicago and completed his postgraduate medical training in pediatrics at Saint Louis Children's Hospital. He also served a Neonatal/Perinatal Fellowship at Saint Louis Children's Hospital.

"I am thrilled to be able to work with such an experienced staff at Research Medical Center and provide the high level of care we offer to premature and sick infants," explains Dr. Lancaster. "The combined level of experience of our nurse practitioners, nurses, therapists, social workers and lactation specialists is 100+ years. That is a tremendous advantage when caring for the tiniest of patients."

Dr. Lancaster has extensive experience in the overall care and transport of critically ill infants and children.

"As a transport physician at Saint Louis Children's Hospital, I performed nearly 300 regional and national transports of pediatric or neonatal critically ill patients, as well as supervised numerous trips as a medical control officer. It gives me great pride to be able to continue this function with the Neonatal Transport Program established within the HCA Midwest Health System that has been operating since 2007. The transport service provides access to the best care available for the babies and offers the assurance to the parents that their child is being cared for by a coordinated team of specialists."

"My basic science and clinical medicine research experience has enhanced my ability to approach complex clinical and administrative problems. I look forward to many years of continued progress with our NICU team at Research Medical Center."

RMC Offers Successful Infertility Services

For patients who experience infertility issues when trying to conceive a child, Research Medical Center offers one of the most respected and successful infertility services in the area. The Assisted Reproductive Technology Lab at Research Medical Center has an impressive live birth rate well above the national average. Under the expert direction of Mike Wilson, PhD, our Lab consistently produces high pregnancy rates, while strict ethics are maintained to minimize multiple births.

Lab services include:

  • In vitro fertilization
  • Intracytoplasmic sperm injection
  • Blastocyst transfers
  • Assisted hatching
  • Embryo cryopreservation

starks09Under the experienced medical direction of Gregory Starks, MD, a variety of infertility therapies may be offered, each tailored to the specific needs of the individual patient.

Services include:

  • Offsite infertility counseling
  • Oral and injectable cycle therapy
  • Artificial Insemination
  • Gynecologic surgeries for endometriosis, tubal and uterine factors

Advances in the technology and options available for infertility are allowing couples who previously thought they could not conceive the newfound joy of childbirth. Our experts at Research Medical Center can help you assist your patients with infertility concerns.

Maternal Fetal Medicine Clinic

Research Medical Center offers a high-risk perinatal clinic with an experienced team of compassionate, highly skilled perinatologists. Services include:

  • Maternal diabetes patient management
  • Genetics counseling and prenatal diagnosis including ultrasound evaluation and amniocentesis
  • Critical care obstetrics

The board-certified perinatologists at Midwest Perinatal Associates (MPA) work with physicians throughout metropolitan Kansas City, western Missouri and eastern Kansas to deliver specialized perinatal care for high-risk maternity patients.

"We are very pleased to welcome Midwest Perinatal Associates back to Research Medical Center," says Cece Davis, director of Women's Services. "The opening of the Maternal Fetal Medicine Clinic allows us to offer comprehensive care to all of our obstetrical patients."

Midwest Perinatal Associates
(Not pictured: Louis Ridgway, MD)


Tracy Cowles, MD


Brent Finley, MD


William Schwartz, MD

Research Medical Center is also home to a 19-bed, Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) assuring patients with high-risk pregnancies that the highest level of expertise is available to care for them and their baby should the need arise.

The NICU is:

  • Staffed by neonatal nurse practitioners 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • A neonatal nurse practitioner and/or a neonatologist attend all high-risk deliveries and provide support to pediatricians and family practice physicians in the well newborn nursery.
  • Neonatal specialists are leaders in their field and focus on family-centered care.

Certified Nurse Midwife Services

Continuing to expand our services to meet the ever increasing needs of our patients, Women's Care at Research Medical Center provides comprehensive Certified Nurse Midwife services offered through physician practices.

Our Certified Nurse Midwives have established excellence in the midwifery care model for their patients in conjunction with the new birthing facilities at Research Medical Center. The practice of midwifery reflects a philosophy of care that is directed at the woman and her individual reproductive needs. A midwife usually offers a variety of options and seeks to eliminate or minimize interventions. This philosophy of care is represented by the Midwives Model of Care:

  • Providing the mother with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support 
  • Identifying and referring women who require obstetrical attention.
  • Minimizing technological interventions. 
  • Monitoring the physical, psychological, and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle.
  • Certified Nurse Midwives work in conjunction with their collaborating physician to assure necessary support should complications or the need for surgical delivery occur.

Services provided by the Midwives include annual gynecologic exams, family planning and preconception care, prenatal care, labor and delivery support, newborn care, and menopausal management. Midwives generally provide reproductive education directed at fertility, nutrition and exercise, contraception, pregnancy health, breastfeeding and quality infant care.

There are a variety of reasons a woman may choose a Certified Nurse Midwife. Some include:

  • Economical option for maternity care 
  • A natural childbirth experience 
  • Benefit options such as payment plans 
  • Lower intervention rates

Electing to use a nurse-midwife is appropriate for low risk pregnancies which make up 60 to 80 percent of all pregnancies.

Whether you choose a Certified Nurse Midwife or a traditional physician for your obstetric care, the Women's Care Unit at Research Medical Center offers family-focused, comprehensive care to enhance your birthing experience from conception, throughout your pregnancy and after you deliver.

Women's Care Unit Creates an
Experience to Last a Lifetime

Research Medical Center offers family-focused, comprehensive care that enhances the  birthing experience from conception, throughout pregnancy and after delivery. Below is a list of labor & delivery options.







Room service for patient only, plus candlelight dinner



Room service for patient
Three meals per day, plus candlelight dinner



Birthday celebration set-up for 10 people
(includes pizza, cake, beverages and party ware)









Private room



Baby photo at bedside



Gift basket









Robe and slippers for mom



Scrub top memento









Travel mug






Baby blanket









Breast-feeding support group with on-site lactation consultant



30-minute shoulder massage @ Research Brookside Campus
(scheduled after discharge)







No charge