If your baby has been diagnosed with a birth defect or other medical condition during your pregnancy, we can help. The Fetal Concerns Center offers compassionate, individualized care for you and your baby - from pregnancy to delivery and beyond.
Why choose the Fetal Concerns Center?
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin's 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. When you come to the Fetal Concerns Center, you can expect:
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.
Coordination of care
- Whatever services or appointments you may need during pregnancy, our nurse care coordinators will work to individualize care, act as a patient advocate, and serve as a dedicated, consistent point of contact throughout your pregnancy.
- Our providers work very closely with referring providers and other specialists involved in the mother’s ongoing care to ensure that both mother and baby are receiving the best possible care.
- Pediatric subspecialties that may be needed to treat the baby after birth are available 24/7.
- Traveling a long distance? The Ronald McDonald House is available to families who travel for care through the Fetal Concerns Center, and can be arranged through your dedicated care coordinator.
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.
Planning and services, even if you deliver at another hospital
- If your baby does not require emergency care after birth, you can choose to deliver your baby at another hospital of your choice.
- Fetal Concerns Center staff will help you plan for your baby's follow-up care by providing education and counseling.
Clinical leaders in experience and expertise
Commitment to ongoing innovation
- As the Fetal Concerns Center is part of a "learning hospital", our faculty has produced nationally published research and position statements on fetal myelomeningeocele repairs and other fetal interventions.
- We are a member with North American Fetal Therapy Network (NAFTNet), a national clinical research consortium.
- Our physicians are currently leading a research study on improving gastroschisis outcomes (The GOOD Study).