Maternal fetal care in Kansas City
High-risk, unborn babies require extra care from a maternal-fetal specialist, also known as a perinatologist. At Overland Park Regional Medical Center, our expert perinatologists and obstetrician-gynecologists (OB/GYNs) work together to provide focused maternal-fetal and prenatal care. We offer specialized tests, monitoring and advanced fetal surgical procedures to keep mother and baby as healthy as possible.
For more information about our maternal-fetal care services, call (913) 541-5562.
Comprehensive maternal-fetal care
As part of our commitment to high-quality women's care and labor and delivery services, the maternal-fetal care program 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.
We offer comprehensive maternal-fetal care to protect and foster the health of our patients. Our multidisciplinary specialists are experts in maternal-fetal medicine as well as pediatric care, pediatric surgery and an array of pediatric and neonatal experts. These specialists work together to care for mothers and their children through pregnancy and onward.
Maternal-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
Our maternal-fetal health services
Our maternal-fetal and neonatal services for high-risk pregnancies and births may include:
- Clinical nurse navigation and counseling
- Comprehensive genetic testing and counseling
- Expert fetal care, including in utero therapy for twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome
- Fetal surgery and intervention
- Frequent prenatal appointments with perinatologists
- High-risk labor and delivery services
- Immediate access to pediatric sub-specialty physicians
- Management of complications of pregnancy, including maternal medical conditions
- Neonatal intensive care
- Perinatal palliative care and bereavement
- State-of-the-art diagnostic imaging services and specialized tests to diagnose conditions and manage risk factors
- The region’s largest and most advanced antepartum unit
Specialized prenatal care from maternal-fetal medicine specialists and perinatologists
Our perinatologists are experienced in diagnosing, managing and treating a wide range of multifaceted maternal-fetal conditions. Our specialists are experts in obstetrics and gynecology 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. They can also be highly invasive surgical procedures involving the mother and child.
Conditions we treat through fetal surgery and intervention
Some of the fetal conditions that can be treated with surgery and intervention include:
- Bladder obstruction
- Fluid on the lung (pleural effusion)
- Heart arrhythmia
- Spina bifida
- Tumors causing heart failure
- Twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome
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, our hospital 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 – and 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)
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