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Fetal Care Center

At Cleveland Clinic’s Fetal Care Center, we do our utmost for mothers whose pregnancies are complicated by a fetal abnormality and other congenital issues, or who suffer a major illness that may impact their unborn baby.

We can provide any level of obstetrics support that you require. If you need intensive follow-up or another major fetal surgery procedure, you can receive continued care in familiar surroundings with prompt access to world-class obstetrics specialists. If you simply require diagnosis and a minor intervention, we can collaborate on your care so that your own obstetrician can deliver your baby.

Our goal is to achieve the best possible outcome for both mother and baby.

The Fetal Care Center treats and supports mothers for a wide range of prenatal and congenital conditions including:

  • Fetal abnormality including genetic disorders
  • High risk pregnancies
  • Maternal illness that may impact the unborn baby
  • Highly skilled and understanding healthcare professionals
  • State-of-the-art techniques for fetal diagnosis and intervention
  • Personalized management plan to carry you through pregnancy and delivery
  • Continued support post delivery
  • Collaborative care across multiple medical and pediatric specialties
  • On-call support available for any concerns.
  • Fetal Care coordinators as well as psychologists and child life specialists available.
  • Additional consultations and care available from pediatric specialists in genetics, bioethics, and when needed, palliative care, hospice and perinatal bereavement counseling.

Perinatal Concerns

Finding out that your baby has a complex, life-limiting, or life-threatening health problem does not mean that care for you, your baby, or your family is through. We can provide you and your family with comprehensive, coordinated care including specialized consultations with experts in your child's condition, birth planning, perinatal advanced directives, and counseling. Child Life Specialists can work with you and your other children. Families also benefit from connections with other families who have had similar experiences. Above all else, we are a team of professionals who will walk by your side throughout your journey. Cleveland Clinic's Fetal Care Center and our Cleveland Clinic Children's Pediatric Palliative Medicine team focus together on family-centered perinatal hospice care as we work with you to preserve hope while preparing you for birth and your time together as a family.

Special Delivery Unit (SDU)

From initial consultation through delivery and the postpartum period, the Special Delivery Unit team offers support and coordinated services for both mom and baby. As part of the Fetal Care Center, the Special Delivery Unit provides moms, unborn babies and newborns advanced diagnostic and treatment options from fetal MRI and in utero intervention, to immediate newborn surgery. And, a full spectrum of subspecialty care is available to moms with serious diseases that may complicate labor and delivery. The SDU has labor and delivery suites, triage, and a full operating room. There is also a state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization lab across the hall for those newborns requiring immediate help for a life-threatening heart abnormality.

Fetal Care Center Staff

Visit each departments' webpage to learn more about the services they provide.

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