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High-Risk Pregnancy

Best Maternity Hospital 2022 Newsweek

As a regional referral center for high-risk pregnancies, the High-Risk Pregnancy Center at University Health 1 offers specialized care to pregnant women and their babies.

We provide personalized case management services to support and guide expectant moms through a pregnancy that is deemed high risk, whether that's due to a health condition or because you're carrying more than one baby.

Your family can have confidence knowing we provide expert care for your every need, including:

  • Maternal expertise for care of the expectant mom.
  • Fetal expertise for care of their unborn baby.
  • Pediatric expertise for care of their newborn.

Mary, a new mother of twins, chose to deliver at University Health after learning about complications with her pregnancy.

Leaders in maternal-fetal medicine

The doctors at our University Health Women's Care High Risk Clinic are leaders in the field of fetal medicine and fetal and neonatal surgery. We provide the highest quality of care available through an experienced team that's accustomed to treating even the most complex concerns. The team is available 24/7 for consultations or treatments. We promise your care will be compassionate and personal from the very first day you arrive. We pair you with your very own nurse navigator to guide and support you every step of the way, anticipating your needs and easing the burden for you and your family.

Expert diagnostic services

We're committed to giving babies the very best possible start in life. That's why we provide state-of-the-art testing and screenings to moms before their baby is born. Some of the tests our high-risk pregnancy doctors may order include:

  • Complete ultrasound.
  • First trimester screening.
  • Cell-free fetal DNA screening.
  • Fetal echocardiography.
  • Amniocentesis.
  • Evaluation and management of pregnancies complicated by medical conditions.
  • Preconceptual counseling.

The Bridge of Hope

Patients in the High-Risk Pregnancy Center have immediate access to the Level IV neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Children's Mercy Hospital via a footbridge between the two hospitals. A Level IV NICU offers the highest level of care available for premature and critically ill newborns.

This seamless partnership between our facility and Children's Mercy Hospital creates an unparalleled access to critical care when every second matters. We are the only maternity hospital in the Kansas City metro area that has this physical connection.

At University Health, we deliver nearly half of all newborn babies in Kansas City, MO. For you, that means we have the experience to handle births that are everything from routine to complex. When Hannah moved to the area, she did her research on where to have her baby. See why she’s glad she chose University Health.