KC Children's Hospital Shows Off Delivery Facility
KANSAS CITY (AP) - Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City has a new facility for delivering high-risk babies.
Only a few freestanding children's hospitals deliver babies. Children's Mercy began doing so in spring 2011 in a temporary space at its main hospital. A permanent space known as the Elizabeth J. Ferrell Fetal Health Center will open next month, and the hospital is showing it off on Aug. 28.
The center caters to high-risk babies with problems that will require surgery or other treatment soon after delivery. The facility includes two specialized delivery/operating rooms, four labor and recovery rooms and a sibling playroom.
The goal is to eliminate the need to transport the delicate newborns. Children's Mercy spokeswoman Melissa Novak says more than 100 babies have been delivered in the temporary space.