Babies receive dedicated treatment in the region's only level IV NICU, located at Children's Mercy Kansas City

When your newborn needs advanced care, trust the neonatology team at Children’s Mercy to provide the highest level of care in the region. With the region’s only top-level (Level IV) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and partnerships with area hospitals, we bring the best care to babies throughout the Midwest.

We’re proud to be recognized by US News and World Report as one of the top neonatology programs in the nation. Every day, we care for more than 80 fragile newborns in the NICU who have chronic lung disease, complex birth differences or complications of prematurity. We provide advanced treatments like ECMO and therapeutic whole-body cooling that only the leading programs can offer.

Every pediatric specialty in one place

No matter what challenges your baby might face, we have a provider who can help. Children’s Mercy is the only health system in the region that is dedicated solely to pediatric care. Our doctors and nurses know kids, inside and out. With more than 750 pediatric specialists, we provide the very best care, from birth to age 21. All of the specialists on your baby’s care team will work together to develop a care plan with you.

Fetal Health Center

Expecting moms whose babies need special care before, during or immediately after birth can meet with an integrated team of specialists in our Fetal Health Center. We help families with diagnosis, testing and treatment of complex conditions to help babies get the best possible start in life.

Our specialists are able to perform surgery when needed on the tiniest babies—in some cases, even before they are born. We also have an expert Maternal-Fetal Transport team ready at any time to quickly and safely bring expecting moms or newborns to our Adele Hall campus in downtown Kansas City for care.

The region’s highest level NICU

The American Academy of Pediatrics has designated Children’s Mercy as a Level IV NICU. This is the highest designation available and means babies have access to a full range of more than 400 newborn medicine specialists, highly-trained pediatric nurses and anesthesiologists, and specialized equipment for our tiniest patients. We are the only Level IV NICU between St. Louis and Denver and provide transportation and care for babies from across the Midwest.

Learn more about the NICU at Children’s Mercy.

We grow with you

Although our goal is to get your little one home with your family as soon as possible, you can rest assured that we’ll continue to partner with you in your child’s care as she grows. We’ll help you practice caring for your baby on your own in a transition room before you leave the NICU. We’ll also connect you with our Special Care Clinic, an integrated team of health care professionals working together to help babies and toddlers with health care needs related to growth and development.

Additional services include:

See a complete list of commonly treated conditions and clinical services at Children’s Mercy.

Caring for newborns in the community

Children’s Mercy takes care of newborns in need of intensive care across the Kansas City metropolitan area through our METRO program. We partner with area hospitals by staffing their NICU with pediatric experts in newborn care from Children’s Mercy. When a baby is born at one of these hospitals and needs advanced care, but does not require a Level IV NICU, Children’s Mercy neonatologists work alongside providers at the partner hospital, seeing every baby every day. Children’s Mercy nurse practitioners are also in the delivery room for babies delivered by C-section with known high-risk needs.

Area partnerships include:

  • Liberty Hospital
  • North Kansas City Hospital
  • Shawnee Mission Medical Center
  • Truman Medical Center-Hospital Hill
  • Truman Medical Center-Lakewood

Research and Innovation

At Children’s Mercy, we’ve been turning research into results for more than 40 years for babies with chronic lung disease through advanced treatments like nitric oxide therapy and ECMO. Our researchers also study how medications impact the smallest babies to ensure that they get exactly the right amount of medicine at the right time to help them get better.

The Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine at Children's Mercy helps to quickly diagnose children with rare or complex medical conditions and connect them with the latest treatment options.

The Donald W. Thibeault Neonatal Lung and Immunology Lab conducts studies into various aspects of neonatal lung disease and bowel disease. The researchers continue the vision of Dr. Thibeault, who was passionate about translating research into better care for babies.

The Center for Infant Pulmonary Disorders is dedicated to improving treatments for chronic lung disease in infants.

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