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The Fetal Concerns Center partners with medical professionals across the world to bring the highest quality fetal care possible to patients.
Learn more about the Fetal Concerns Center
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At Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, we are proud to offer a comprehensive fetal care center, the Fetal Concerns Center. We are a leader in maternal and fetal care, recognized for innovative treatment with exceptional outcomes, including open fetal surgery and minimally invasive fetoscopy. Our highly trained experts offer compassionate, individualized care for the entire family, including diagnosis, treatment and coordination of delivery.
The Fetal Concerns Center operates in close collaboration with Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin to deliver high-quality, comprehensive fetal care. Our providers are employed by the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Articles from our experts
Our team of experts are developed a series of articles that review the conditions we care for and treat at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
Expert care for multiples and fetal heart care
Multifetal Pregnancy Management
We are one of only a few perinatal centers in the country specializing in complex complications with multiple gestations. Our team of maternal fetal medicine and pediatric specialists trained extensively with world-renowned pioneers in the study and treatment of twin-related conditions to learn the art and science of diagnosing and treating these complications.
Fetal Heart Program
Our fetal cardiologists are trained to perform and interpret prenatal cardiac ultrasounds. We utilize the most advanced ultrasound techniques to assess babies' heart problems. Our surgical outcomes are consistently ranked among the best in the country, including the best published survival rates worldwide for treating hypoplastic left heart syndrome, an uncommon and complicated congenital heart disease. We are committed to providing the best care for each patient and baby.
Why you should choose the Fetal Concerns Center
Specialized nurse care coordinators
Each family works with fetal nurse care coordinators to arrange medical services and provide ongoing counseling and support throughout the pregnancy.
Care for both mother and baby under one roof
Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Birth Center is located inside Children's. If neonatal intervention or surgery is anticipated, delivery at the Birth Center is recommended. Having mother and baby under one roof offers greater opportunity for breastfeeding and bonding, and allows families to meet face to face with their baby's care providers.
Referring physician involvement
We work closely with referring physicians to be sure that all aspects of each patient's care are highly coordinated and communicated. We view our relationships with referring physicians as partnerships, and we work together to ensure the best possible care for each patient, seamlessly transferring care back to the original physician whenever possible. The Fetal Concerns Center doesn't require patients to deliver their babies at our hospital, unless the diagnosis and care plan demands it. In fact, nearly 50% of our patients deliver at an outside hospital of their choice. We work directly with the patient and referring physician to determine the best care plan for each individual case.
What we diagnose and treat
Our team of experts coordinates care for all fetal conditions, including but not limited to:
- Congenital heart defects, such as hypoplastic left heart syndrome and complex single ventricles
- Fetal arrhythmias
- Intestinal atresias
- Neurosurgical conditions such as spina bifida and hydrocephalus
- Conditions requiring prenatal and genetic consultations
- Conditions requiring surgery, such as congenital diaphragmatic hernia, pulmonary masses, gastroschisis, omphalocele and fetal vascular and lymphatic tumors
- Urologic and renal abnormalities such as bladder exstrophy, hydronephrosis and
polycystic kidney disease
- Complications with multiple gestation pregnancies
- Open fetal myelomeningocele repair (fMMC) for spina bifida
- Open fetal surgery for congenital pulmonary airway malformation (CPAM)
- Open fetal surgery for sacrococcygeal teratoma (SCT)
- Twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) treatment
- Twin reversed arterial perfusion (TRAP) sequence treatment
- Ex-utero intrapartum treatment (EXIT) and immediate postpartum access to cardiac therapies (IMPACT) deliveries
- Vesicoamniotic and thoracoamniotic shunting
- Fetal intrauterine transfusion
- Children's ranked among the nation's best in eight specialties, including cardiology, in the U.S. News & World Report's 2018-19 Best Children's Hospitals report.
- Children's has earned the highly coveted Magnet Recognition Program® status multiple times from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for sustained superiority in nursing care.
- The Fetal Concerns Center is a member of the North American Fetal Therapy Network (NAFTNet), a research consortium.
The Fetal Concerns Center accepts patient self-referrals as well as referrals from providers. For more information or to make an appointment, please call:
Toll free (855) FETALWI (338-2594)
Fax: (414) 337-1884
Note: These phone numbers should not be used for urgent medical concerns. Please contact your physician directly if your situation requires immediate attention, or dial 911 if it is an emergency.
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Research and outcomes
Our outcomes reports help families and partner providers make the most informed health care decisions. Learn more about our surgical outcomes and what current research studies are underway.