Fetal Health Center

The Elizabeth J. Ferrell Fetal Health Center at Children’s Mercy provides the region’s most advanced care for selected high-risk pregnancies before, during and after delivery. Developed and offered in collaboration with the UMKC School of Medicine, the Fetal Health Center provides state-of-the-art care to offer a broad range of highly advanced perinatal services to assist with diagnosis, family counseling, and treatment for serious birth defects.

Fetal Health Center Staff

The Fetal Health Center staff collaborates with referring obstetricians and maternal/fetal specialists to coordinate prenatal services, and when needed, to offer delivery and pediatric subspecialty services and care within our Level IV neonatal intensive care unit.
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Fetal Health Center Programs

The center provides integrated services designed to diagnose serious congenital defects and provide multidisciplinary guidance and care for high-risk babies before, during and after delivery. The center utilizes advanced diagnostics and comprehensive pediatric specialty services to provide each patient the best available care. These services include Special Delivery Care, the Perinatal Clinic, and our Integrated Consultation Services.  

Department Highlights

  • Patients receive outstanding clinical support with a level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery.
  • Experienced nurse coordinators provide a single point of contact to provide patients and families with resources and follow-up support. 
  • Our staff has developed evidence-based guidelines for high-level clinical care and has provided support and mentorship to other developing programs. 
  • The Fetal Health Center is one of only a few centers in the U.S. to offer comprehensive care for high-risk babies and access to clinical support to mothers if needed.   


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