Fetal Care Center

Welcome to the Fetal Care Center

As one of the premier centers in the field of fetal therapy, we provide advanced and comprehensive services. These include fetal diagnosis and treatment for the baby, as well as information, care, understanding and emotional support for moms and families.

We’ve brought together in one caring, family-oriented center, the renowned physicians, breadth of services, advanced technologies and sensitive, comforting treatment that moms and families seek when faced with a high-risk pregnancy. We are fully and solely committed to doing what’s best for your baby and you.

Our team of experienced maternal, fetal and pediatric specialists is among the finest and most respected worldwide. The team works closely with you to present all of the current options for care and treatment in your particular situation. Our team takes time to listen to, advise and console the moms and families we serve. Through our unique combination of clinical care, counseling and research, we are improving outcomes for high-risk pregnancies and, ultimately, the long-term quality of life for your child.

About the Center

The Center began in 2001 as a collaboration among three leading medical institutions – Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Good Samaritan Hospital and The University Hospital. The Center is the only fetal therapy center located in the Midwest affiliated with a top 10 children’s hospital, a top five university pediatric training program and with two Level III maternity hospitals with Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) for newborns. The Center has three Level 3 NICUs that form the largest National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) research site of the 14 across the United States.

The Center is conveniently located just 20 minutes from the International Airport and within a one-day drive for more than 60 percent of the nation’s population.

Comprehensive Services

The Center diagnoses and treats the full range of fetal abnormalities, and the Center’s Director has the national distinction of being involved with establishing each of the fetal surgeries being performed. Among the comprehensive services available at the Center are:

  • Diagnostic procedures
  • Pregnancy management
  • Genetic and prenatal counseling
  • Management of fetal arrhythmias
  • Preventive therapies
  • Intrauterine transfusions
  • Fetal shunt surgery
  • Minimally invasive fetal surgery
  • Open fetal surgery

Family Focused

Your baby and family are our sole focus. Everything we do is based on providing you with exceptional medical / surgical treatment in a caring manner and friendly setting. We understand that high-risk pregnancy is a difficult and emotional experience for families. We do everything possible to bring you peace of mind and comfort. We promptly set your appointment and, in a single day, conduct evaluations to confirm the diagnosis, establish the severity and prognosis, and discuss the options for treatment and the long-term outcome for your baby. Our team is available to listen, console, answer questions and provide the immediate and personal response you desire and deserve. Help with visits, lodging and transportation is also available. Additionally, no patient is turned away for lack of medical insurance.

Our Renowned Team

We are proud to have on staff some of the world’s leading experts in maternal-fetal care, fetal/pediatric surgery and pediatric care. Led by fetal/pediatric surgeon Tom C., MD, along with maternal-fetal medicine specialists Ted D., MD and Ryan S., MD, our Center is among the most respected resources for referrals from other physicians and specialists. Our renowned experts meet with you personally to outline the options available and to provide excellent care and support. They can work in conjunction with your primary OB/GYN or Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) specialist as well as with our full team of specialists, nurses, counselors and chaplains.

Our team of specialists includes:

  • Fetal/Pediatric Surgery
  • Maternal-Fetal Medicine
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology
  • Genetics
  • Neonatology
  • Pediatric Cardiology
  • Pediatric Cardiothoracics
  • Pediatric Critical Care
  • Pediatric Endocrinology
  • Pediatric Gastroenterology
  • Pediatric Nephrology
  • Pediatric Neurosurgery
  • Pediatric Otolaryngology
  • Pediatric Plastic Surgery
  • Pediatric Pulmonology
  • Pediatric Urology
  • Radiology

Advanced Research

The Fetal Care Center is the principal site for one of the largest National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants ever awarded for fetal therapy. Dr. Tom C., Director of the Center, has been involved with two of the four prior NIH trials granted in the area of fetal medicine, one as the principal investigator.


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