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What to Expect

Children's Mercy wants to help you and your family understand and feel prepared for health care procedures and experiences. We believe that knowing what to expect is important and helps you and your child cope best.

Tips for your visit

Visit our Coping and Relaxation Tips page for helpful resources and tips to help your child and family cope during your health care journey.

Procedure information for your child

Child life specialists help children understand and prepare for their hospital experiences. The Child Life Department has created the below videos and picture books to help your child learn more about what they may experience.

If you would like to talk with a child life specialist, call (816) 983-6870 or send a message to "Child Life Messages" in the Children’s Mercy Patient Portal.

Click on a procedure below to learn more:

Procedure information for parents and caregivers

The Handbook for Patients and Families

The Handbook for Patients and Families provides helpful information for you and your family during your time at Children's Mercy.