Maternal fetal care in Kansas City
The Fetal Health Center at Overland Park Regional Medical Center
High-risk, unborn babies require extra care from a maternal-fetal specialist, also known as a perinatologist. At the Fetal Heath Center at Overland Park Regional Medical Center, our experts offer specialized tests, monitoring and advanced fetal surgical procedures to keep mother and baby as healthy as possible.
To learn more about the Fetal Health Center at Overland Park Regional call (913) 541-6780.
Comprehensive maternal-fetal care
As part of our commitment to high-quality women’s care and labor and delivery services, the Fetal Health Center at Overland Park Regional Medical Center provides hope and expert care to families with high-risk, unborn babies in the Kansas City region. Certain factors, such as age and health conditions, may cause a woman to have a high-risk pregnancy. However, mothers who have pregnancies with little to no complications may still require maternal-fetal care. This is because the mother’s health doesn't always mirror her child's health in the womb.
From the moment you meet our physicians and patient navigators, you will experience our team’s dedication to the best possible outcomes for you and your baby. Our patient navigators offer personalized care coordination to ensure you have a seamless patient experience. They help coordinate multidisciplinary consultations and provide individualized education and support.
Our specialized team
We offer a multidisciplinary team approach to maternal-fetal medicine. Because of this, you may have any of the following types of specialists as part of your care team:
Our maternal-fetal support team
Our maternal-fetal support team provides assistance and reassurance to help relieve the anxiety and stress that can occur with a high-risk pregnancy. Our experienced doctors and registered nurses offer seamless, compassionate care, including:
- Assistance with scheduling appointments
- Hospital tours
- Maternal-fetal care education
- Ongoing communication with providers
Fetal health conditions we treat
The specialists in our maternal-fetal program treat a wide range of conditions, including:
- Amniotic bands
- Anorectal malformations
- Bronchogenic cysts
- Cleft lip and palate
- Congenital diaphragmatic hernia
- Congenital pulmonary airway malformation (CPAM)
- Duodenal atresia
- Esophageal Atresia/tracheoesophageal fistula
- Fetal cardiac abnormalities
- Fetal genetic disorders, such as Turner’s syndrome
- Intestinal atresia
- Meningomyelocele, also known as spina bifida
- Neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia
- Pleural effusion
- Pulmonary sequestration
- Skeletal dysplasia
- Twin-to-twin transfusion
- Urinary tract obstruction
Maternal-fetal health services available at the Fetal Health Center
Our maternal-fetal and neonatal services for high-risk pregnancies and births may include:
- Clinical nurse navigation and counseling
- Comprehensive genetic testing and counseling
- State-of-the-art diagnostic imaging services and specialized tests to diagnose conditions and manage risk factors
- Fetal surgery and intervention
- Multidisplinary team that includes maternal-fetal medicine physicians, OB/GYNs, neonatologists and pediatric subspecialists
- Neonatal intensive care unit with a special micro-premie unit to care for our smallest babies as early as 22 weeks
- Perinatal palliative care and bereavement - the region’s largest and most advanced antepartum unit
Specialized prenatal care for high-risk pregnancies
Our perinatologists are experienced in diagnosing, managing and treating a wide range of multifaceted high-risk pregnancy conditions. Our specialists are experts in obstetrics and can monitor the health of both the mother and unborn baby throughout the pregnancy, intervening if any complications arise.
Health conditions, such as diabetes or lupus, may worsen through a woman's pregnancy, threatening the mother and baby. Our perinatologists use special tests and treatments to ensure the mother and child stay healthy. Our specialists also care for complications unique to pregnancy, such as preeclampsia.
Fetal surgery and intervention
Our maternal-fetal medicine specialists can treat conditions involving unborn babies using fetal surgery. Fetal surgery covers a wide range of interventions to treat unborn children's problems or complications that may arise during pregnancy. These procedures can be minimally invasive, involving needles or endoscopy, some of which we are able to do here at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. They can also be highly invasive surgical procedures involving the mother and child and require referral to specialized fetal surgery centers
Conditions we treat through fetal surgery or medical intervention
The fetal conditions that can be treated with surgery or medical intervention during pregnancy include:
- Fluid on the lung (pleural effusion)
- Severe polyhydramnios
- Ascites (fluid on the abdomen)
- Heart arrhythmia
Perinatal palliative care and bereavement
We understand how difficult it can be for families to hear that their baby may die before or shortly after birth. That's why our perinatal palliative care team helps prepare families for the loss of a child. A palliative care birth plan is shared with the medical and nursing staff to support the family's wishes.
Supportive services for families during these difficult times include:
- Considering memory-making options
- Exploring medical decisions
- Helping patients create a birth plan consistent with their wants and needs
- Providing a safe environment to talk
- Supporting the family's coping strategies
Neonatal intensive care
If additional care is needed after a baby's delivery, Overland Park Regional Medical Center provides state-of-the-art equipment and expert care for babies in our Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Our neonatologists are specially trained to care for newborns, especially infants with health problems that are serious or hard to diagnose or treat.
Our maternal-fetal medicine specialists communicate with our neonatologists to ensure the best possible outcomes for mothers and their children. If a baby's health condition is known before birth, a neonatologist may be needed before or during the baby's delivery and after the child is born.
Our NICU team is experienced in caring for newborns born prematurely and infants born with serious diseases, injuries and congenital disabilities, including:
- Congenital diaphragmatic hernia, or CDH (a condition in which the diaphragm does not fully develop)
- Gastrointestinal tract congenital disabilities (congenital disabilities of the digestive tract that may involve underdeveloped or abnormally positioned digestive organs)
- Omphalocele (a congenital disability in which organs normally inside the body develop outside the body)