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Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City | Services & Specialties | Maternity & NICU

Saint Luke’s Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) offers advanced care for premature babies and infants requiring critical care. Our Level IIIb NICU is one of the highest levels available, and features:

  • Kansas City’s first and only human donor milk program, making human milk, rather than formula, available to fragile babies
  • The first and one of very few area NICUs to complete the Wee Care education training, which promotes best outcomes for tiny babies
  • Recognition by Vermont Oxford Network for having low infection rates – no central line infections for one year

Special care for fragile babies

Saint Luke's neonatal staff, through Pediatrix Medical Group, is participating in the nationwide 100,000 babies campaign to improve care and outcomes for critically ill babies.

Saint Luke's admits babies to its NICU when they:

  • Are born before completing the 35th week of gestation (a full-term pregnancy is 40 weeks). These babies may require help with breathing, maintaining a normal temperature, or learning how to eat. 
  • Have a possible infection. These babies may appear fine, but they can become very sick.
  • Are born with critical medical conditions – like a heart problem – that require special treatment or surgery.
  • Need close supervision for a few hours before joining their mothers in their rooms.

Our philosophy

At Saint Luke's, families and the health care team work together to make each experience count. We encourage families to visit the NICU as often as possible. Depending on the severity of your baby's condition, we may limit visits by extended family members.

Saint Luke's Hospital
4401 Wornall Rd
Kansas City, MO 64111
  • I spent the first six weeks of my life at Saint Luke’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. I was born 10 weeks early and weighed 3 pounds. My dad could hold me in the palm of his hand.

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  • Saint Luke’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit had just opened when I was born two months early on September 16, 1980. My mom developed preeclampsia, which caused her blood pressure to spike and her entire body to swell.

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  • I was born at 24 weeks on October 20, 1984, and weighed only 21.5 ounces. My mom said my eyes were still fused close. The doctors at Saint Luke’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit told her I had only a 50 percent chance of surviving. (My odds went down to 13 percent when I developed a heart problem three weeks later.) The doctors said if I survived, I would be blind, deaf, and severely retarded.

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