Fetal Concerns Center

Fetal Concerns Center

Fetal Concerns Center is a national leader in fetal care, recognized for innovative treatments that are guided by exemplary research to produce the best outcomes for a mother and her fetus. Since 2000, the Fetal Concerns Center has been dedicated to a comprehensive team approach to provide the kind of care that you’d expect from one of the best pediatric hospitals in the country.

Leader in fetal interventions

  • The only program of its type in Wisconsin, and one of the few throughout the United States, we perform complex fetal interventions to improve outcomes following delivery.
  • The first fMMC (fetal myelomeningocele) procedure in Wisconsin was performed in 2014 by the Fetal Concerns Center team and we continue to be the only program in the state that offers this procedure. Over 90 fetal interventions have been performed at our Center since 2011.
  • Beyond leadership and innovation, our physicians are committed to following and improving fetal surgery standards. We strictly adhere to the myelomeningocele maternal-fetal surgery guidelines that were developed by the MMC Maternal-Fetal Management Task Force, a group comprised of some of the top fetal-related physicians in the country, including one of our own maternal-fetal medicine specialists, pediatric surgeon and pediatric neurosurgeon.

Specialty programs to address every concern

  • We are integrated with a deep network of specialists from Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Froedtert Hospital & The Medical College of Wisconsin to address a range of concerns, including expert multi-fetal pregnancy management, fetal heart care and neonatal intensive care.
  • Our care also extends beyond the fetus as we are well-equipped to care for pregnant mothers who have adult congenital heart disease.
  • This expert care continues after the birth of your baby, as we are equipped to provide subspecialty care and treatment to your baby immediately after birth, all at the same location as the delivery.

Access to world-class NICU and surgical services

  • Children’s level IV NICU (highest level possible) is the largest in the state, with 70 private rooms.
  • We’re the only Level I Children’s Surgery Center (highest level possible) in the state.
  • Children’s NICU offers highly experienced staff and state-of-the-art equipment that can handle all neonatal health concerns – no matter what type of complications may arise.
  • Our NICU is located directly next to the Froedtert Birth Center, eliminating the need for an ambulance ride while keeping mom and baby together after delivery. Research shows that outcomes improve when the delivery room and NICU are close together, allowing mom and baby to be together after delivery.
  • Children’s is the only NICU in the state to host the March of Dimes Family Support Program, which provides information and comfort to families of premature and other critically ill newborns.

Programs and Services

  • Fetal diagnosis of birth defects
  • Maternal and fetal testing
  • Prenatal counseling regarding the specific diagnosis
  • Multi-fetal pregnancy management: The Fetal Concerns Center is one of a few perinatal centers in the country and the only one in Wisconsin specializing in complex complications with multiples.
  • Fetal heart care (Fetal Heart Program): This program provides complete assessment and care of fetal cardiac disease while supporting and educating families.
  • Fetal interventions and surgery: We perform fetal surgery to repair birth defects while an infant is still in the womb. We recently completed the first prenatal spina bifida surgery in the state of Wisconsin
  • Neonatal management: The largest Level IV NICU in the state.
  • Palliative care

Conditions

  • Amniotic band syndrome (ABS)
  • Anencephaly
  • Birth defects in monochorionic twins
  • Bladder exstrophy
  • Blood type incompatibility
  • Cleft lip or palate
  • Clubfoot
  • Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH)
  • Congenital heart disease (CHD)
  • Congenital pulmonary airway malformation (CPAM)
  • DiGeorge and/or velocardiofacial syndrome
  • Encephalocele
  • Gastroschisis
  • Genetic disorders
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Hydrops fetalis/erythroblastosis fetalis
  • Micrognathia and Pierre Robin sequence
  • Multicystic dysplastic kidney (MCDK)
  • Omphalocele)
  • Pyelectasis/hydronephrosis
  • Rhabdomyomas/tuberous sclerosis
  • Sacrococcygeal teratoma (SCT)
  • Spina bifida (Myelomeningocele)
  • Tracheal esophageal fistula and esophageal atresia (TEF/EA)
  • Twin reversed arterial perfusion sequence (TRAP sequence)
  • Twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS)

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The Fetal Concerns Program is a cooperative effort between the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Birth Center and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.