Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship

Saint Luke’s Hospital


Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City

Saint Luke’s Hospital

Saint Luke’s Hospital is a member of Saint Luke’s Health System, which consists of 11 area hospitals and several primary and specialty care practices, and provides a range of inpatient, outpatient, and home care services. Founded as a faith-based, not-for-profit organization, our mission includes a commitment to the highest levels of excellence in health care and the advancement of medical research and education. The health system is an aligned organization in which the physicians and hospitals assume responsibility for enhancing the physical, mental, and spiritual health of people in the metropolitan Kansas City area and the surrounding region.

At SLH, the in and out patient teaching is organized in 2-week blocks. During the inpatient 2 weeks, the fellows receive education and training in inpatient consultations, management of antepartum admissions, and managing labor and delivery in complicated pregnancies. During the outpatient 2 weeks, the fellows spend approximately half the time providing ambulatory consultations, and the other half performing advanced ultrasound and other diagnostic procedures and genetic counseling. The procedures include genetic amniocentesis, chorionic villus sampling and fetal blood sampling. The MFM faculty is present in all the above activities.

The Women’s Center of Saint Luke’s Hospital, which opened in May 2010, is comprised of two adjacent facilities – the Ellen Hockaday Center for Women’s Care and the Muriel I. Kauffman Women’s Heart Center – whose mission is to serve the health care needs of women throughout various life stages.

Convenience and coordination are emphasized with the new Hockaday Center. Services include the Breast Center with digital imaging capabilities, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Labor & Delivery, Neonatal Intensive Care, and Urogynecology, as well as non-traditional services such as emotional wellness counseling, a women’s health liaison to help patients navigate the services offered at Saint Luke’s, and the Women’s Shoppe, a new retail boutique providing unique items for women of all ages.

The first floor of the Hockaday center houses the maternal-fetal medicine practice, Obstetrix, which employs four MFM physicians and one women’s health nurse practitioner. Patients have access to comprehensive care including genetic counseling, antepartum testing, diabetes management, and ultrasonography, among other things. The second floor is home to 11 family-friendly and over-sized labor and delivery suites, 3 C-section delivery suites, 2 post-anesthesia care suites, 22 postpartum rooms, a wellborn nursery, and an 8-bed women’s post-surgical unit. The 40-bed subspecialty level IIIB Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is also housed on the 2nd floor and provides multidisciplinary and comprehensive care for infants born at all viable gestations. We offer sustained mechanical ventilation as well as advanced respiratory support, including high frequency oscillating ventilation and inhaled nitric oxide.

Additionally, we recently implemented two new programs unique to Saint Luke’s Health System – The Kansas City Regional Human Milk Bank and the Cord Blood Program.