Research and outcomes

The Fetal Concerns Center is the only program of its type in the region and one of only a small number across the country. Since 2000, the Center has served the special needs of expectant women and families, coordinating services for more than 500 families across the United States every year.

Our interdisciplinary team includes various subspecialties with a wide variety of experience, allowing us to provide the best possible care for patients that is specific to their conditions and needs. Our providers are committed to improving treatment options and patient outcomes through research and innovation.


In fact, many of the specialists on the Fetal Concerns Center team have published research specific to fetal care and/or fetal surgery, and we are currently participating in a number of active research studies. For example, our specialists are members of the DHREAMS study research team, which is a study of congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) diagnosis and treatment. Amy Wagner, MD, co-director of the Fetal Concerns Center, is also the principal investigator for the GOOD study, which examines the outcomes of patients born with gastroschisis.

The Fetal Concerns Center is also a member of the North American Fetal Therapy Network (NAFTNet), an association of fetal centers in North America with established expertise in fetal surgery and other forms of multidisciplinary care for complex disorders of the fetus.

Quality and outcomes

Our combined years of experience and expertise leads to excellent quality of care and outstanding outcomes for our patients.

Key surgical outcomes:

  • fMMC % delivery after 30 weeks: 89%
  • 100% survival rate for fetal myelomeningocele patients after fetal surgery
  • fMMC % need for ventricular shunting: 22%
  • 93% survival rate of at least one baby for TTTS laser photocoagulation procedures
  • 80% survival rate of both babies for TTTS laser photocoagulation procedures

*Data covers time period between 2012 – 2016.

We treat a variety of fetal conditions and diagnoses at the Fetal Concerns Center. The chart below outlines the volumes of various conditions we treat.

*Data covers time period between July 2015 – January 2017.

We use fetal MRI to diagnose conditions that are difficult to assess using other forms of imaging, such as ultrasound. Fetal MRI allows us to gain a better view of the fetal brain, chest and abdomen. The chart below details the number of fetal MRI scans we have performed from 2012 - 2016.