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The Special Care Delivery service at Children's Mercy is how we deliver many babies we have been following in the Fetal Health Center — more than 1,000 babies have been born here. Special Care Delivery brings the region's best pediatric specialists to your baby’s side moments after birth. You also will be steps away from the region’s only top-level (Level IV) NICU.

Keeping families together

Labor and delivery

The care team that has been carefully preparing for your baby’s arrival will be ready for you when it’s time for your baby to be born. Together, you’ll follow the care plan you created so you'll know what to expect and see familiar faces checking in with you once your baby arrives. Your labor and delivery nurse will provide one-on-one care for you during your entire birth experience.

Nearly all moms will deliver at the Fetal Health Center. If your doctor feels that you need critical care during delivery, such as the care of an adult Intensive Care Unit (ICU), you may deliver across the hall at Truman Medical Center. The Fetal Health Center and Truman Medical Center are connected by a walkway bridge, making it easy for families and staff to collaborate. The same medical team will be by your side for you and your baby.

Expecting moms may be able to deliver their babies at Children's Mercy
Children's Mercy has delivered more than 1,000 babies at the Fetal Health Center

Postpartum and recovery

After delivery, the care team will stabilize your baby in an adjoining room, so you can see what's going on and your support person can be with both you and your baby.

Families often ask about how soon they will be able to see their baby. As soon as possible, we'll bring your baby to you so you can hold them, breastfeed, have skin-to-skin snuggles, and take pictures. While you recover and baby receives care, you'll be right down the hall from them in our Level IV NICU. Our goal is to keep your family close, comfortable, and connected while you and your baby get the care you need from your Children's Mercy team.

If you have a C-section, we'll bring you to one of our Special Care Delivery rooms for recovery after the procedure. As soon as you're able to sit in a wheelchair, your nurse will take you through connecting doors to the NICU to be with your baby.

Nearly all our Fetal Health Center moms are able to stay in their Special Care Delivery room for their labor, delivery and recovery until they're ready to be discharged (usually 2-3 days). At that time, you'll be part of our NICU parent community, with access to all of those resources, such as the Ronald McDonald House and Family Room and support services through our Social Work, Chaplaincy and Child Life departments. Parents are always welcome 24/7 in the NICU, so you can be with your baby as much as you'd like.

Comprehensive care for your family

One advantage to delivering your high-risk baby at Children's Mercy is the comprehensive care team that will support your family before, during and after baby's birth.

Every morning, you can be part of the care team's daily rounds in the NICU. You'll get the latest updates on your baby's condition and be a part of making their care plan for the day. If you're not able to be there in person, you can connect with your care team by phone or video chat to see your baby anytime, wherever you are.

Your baby deserves the best and most advanced care. Learn more about the importance of the Level IV NICU at Children’s Mercy, the highest level of care available to newborns in the region.

If your baby needs ongoing care as they grow, you can continue to work with the same team of doctors who have known them since before they were born. Children's Mercy has an extensive network of outreach clinics and telemedicine partnerships at community hospitals throughout Kansas and Missouri. This can ease the burden of travel for families who live outside the Kansas City area.

Top doctors and so much more

Children’s Mercy is nationally ranked as a top children’s hospital in all 10 specialties rated by U.S. News and World Report. Our specialists will be there to care for your baby every step of the way--before, during and after birth. 

In addition to the top-ranked specialists in the region, you'll also have the expertise of highly-trained nurses, anesthesiologists, psychologists, genetic counselors, child life specialists, music therapists, social workers and chaplains. Our entire staff is focused on providing the best possible care for children and families.

“Pregnancy is such an exciting, miraculous, and joyous time in a woman’s life. But for those carrying a baby with severe medical conditions, there are so many more emotions involved. It is such a privilege to be part of the family’s journey during such a personal time in their life.”

Jill Carruth, BSN, RN, Ambulatory Nurse Manager—Fetal Health Center

Special Care Delivery room amenities

Our Special Care Delivery suites provide a spacious and comfortable place for you to give birth if your baby will need specialized care right away. You can have all the amenities of a labor and delivery room, plus your own, one-on-one nurse who will be with you for birth and recovery.

All our rooms are private, and you can settle in and stay in the same room for your labor, delivery and recovery. Your support person can stay with you while also being close by to your baby at all times.

Our rooms feature:

  • Sleep chairs and a recliner

  • TV and DVD player

  • Refrigerator

  • Room service meals

  • Aromatherapy

  • Private bathroom with shower

We will provide you and your baby with all necessary supplies while you're being observed in the Fetal Health Center.


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What are families saying?

Parents who have experienced our Special Care Delivery center often come back to visit the nurses and staff and say thank you. Here are a few of the notes we’ve received over the years:

“I will never stop thanking you all for what you do. Children’s Mercy is not only amazing for their wonderful staff and the services they provide, but also because of their innovative drive to deliver more services to treat children better and faster. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts!”

Mariah Schumacher - Fetal Health Center Mom

“Everyone in the Fetal Health Center is amazing! From the greeting and warm smiles from the front desk as soon as you walk in the door, to the friendly and knowledgeable nurses and sonographers, to the amazing physicians - everyone was fantastic!!”

Fetal Health Center Mom

“We are so very thankful for the wonderful care we received. From prenatal care and delivery of our baby girl at the Fetal Health Center to our 5 day stay in the NICU, it was all outstanding. Children’s Mercy and their employees go above and beyond, they are truly the best!”

Fetal Health Center Mom

“The Fetal Health Center is incredible. Although no pregnant woman ever wants to be in that situation, there is no better place to receive incredible care and an abundance of compassion. So thankful for everyone there.”

Fetal Health Center Mom