Overview

Overview

In some cases, high-risk pregnancies require fetal interventions or other highly specialized care to ensure the health of both mother and baby. As one of the few comprehensive fetal care programs worldwide, our Fetal Care Center is committed to improving outcomes for high-risk pregnancies and enhancing the long-term quality of life for every baby we treat. We evaluate, diagnose, and treat, if necessary, a mother and baby together and return them to the care of their physician as quickly as possible.

Our Fetal Care Center was specifically designed by doctors, nurses, and patients to provide the latest technologies and offer a warm, comforting environment to meet the individual needs of our patients.

Pregnancy is a time of excitement, stress and anticipation. Adding a maternal health issue or fetal condition to an already emotional time can be overwhelming. At the Fetal Care Center at Cleveland Clinic, our team approaches your pregnancy complication with compassion and expertise. Our goal is to achieve the best possible outcome for both mother and baby while offering you the support and information you need.

Our coordinated program is designed to address the complex needs of families facing rare fetal and or maternal disorders in pregnancy. We offer state-of-the-art techniques for fetal diagnosis and intervention Our family-centered approach involves you in decision-making from the time of referral into our program to the time of your discharge. Continued support and resources are offered after the delivery of your baby.

Our team is committed to providing state-of-the-art maternal-fetal care and warm, personalized attention, whether a patient participates in an extended course of treatment or visits just once for a consultation. We strive to make patient appointments comprehensive, conducting all necessary testing and providing results and available treatment options all on the same day. Patients can spend as much time as needed with our fetal care physicians to obtain counseling and support. The counseling approach is non-directive, providing patients with the information needed to make informed decisions that work best for them. We work in partnership with patients and their referring physicians, and sincerely appreciate the opportunity to assist with their healthcare needs.

Multidisciplinary team

The Fetal Care Center at Cleveland Clinic works as a team of teams. Specialists from all disciplines including maternal-fetal medicine, neonatology, fetal and pediatric general and thoracic surgery, pediatric cardiology, genetics, radiology, pediatric and obstetric anesthesiology, pediatric neurosurgery and many others work together to provide integrated and comprehensive care for all maternal and fetal conditions that benefit from specialized treatment during the pregnancy and afterward. The Cleveland Clinic is one of only a few centers in the world that provides the full continuum of care from conception through adulthood.

Special Delivery Unit (SDU)

The program's centerpiece is the Special Delivery Unit, the first U.S. facility designed to provide specialized care for both mothers and newborns with serious medical issues. 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 sub-specialty 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.

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What We Treat

What We Treat

Cleveland Clinic performs spina bifida surgery in utero. Spina bifida is a condition where the baby’s spinal column doesn’t form properly. The surgery involves opening up the mother’s abdomen and making a 2-inch incision in her uterus. Through that incision, a neurosurgeon can operate on the fetus’s spine.

The Fetal Care Center offers services relating to maternal and fetal health concerns during pregnancy. Conditions we address are including but not limited to the following:

Programs

Programs

  • Fetal cardiac care.
  • Fetal diagnostics and fetal genomics.
  • Fetal intervention and fetoscopic surgery.
  • Fetal MRI.
  • Fetal surgery.
  • Advanced neonatal minimally invasive surgery.
  • Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and cardiac ICU.
  • Pediatric congenital cardiac surgery.
  • Special Delivery Unit (SDU).
Benefits

Benefits

  • On-call support available for any concerns.
  • Fetal Care coordinators partner with you from the time of referral through your postpartum period. We offer emotional support, education, and assistance in scheduling visits. We also serve as a liaison between you and the members of your care team.
  • Our multi-disciplinary team of specialists meets on a regular basis to review each case and intentionally develop individualized plans for each family. Additional consultations and care are available from specialists in perinatal genetics, bioethics, child-life, lactation consultation, social work, and when needed, palliative care, hospice and perinatal bereavement counseling.
  • Should your child have an abbreviated life expectancy, we will walk by your side throughout even the most difficult of journeys. 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.
Our Team

Our Team

Leadership

Ahmed Ahmed, MD, Ms.C, RDMS
Ahmed Ahmed, MD, Ms.C, RDMS
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Director, Fetal Care Center
Director of Obstetrical Ultrasound and Prenatal Diagnostics
Darrell Cass, MD
Darrell Cass, MD
Director of Fetal Surgery
Francine Erenberg, MD
Francine Erenberg, MD
Director of Fetal Cardiac Care
Justin Lappen, MD
Justin Lappen, MD
Medical Director, Special Delivery Unit
Section Head, Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Natalie Yeaney, MD
Natalie Yeaney, MD
Neonatology Director, Fetal Care Center

Fetal Cardiac Care

Francine Erenberg, MD
Francine Erenberg, MD
Rukmini Komarlu, MD
Rukmini Komarlu, MD
Mayme Marshall, MD
Mayme Marshall, MD
Holly Nadorlik, DO
Holly Nadorlik, DO
Clare O'Hare, MD
Clare O'Hare, MD
Rashmi Rao, MD
Rashmi Rao, MD
Malek Yaman (El Yaman), MD
Malek Yaman (El Yaman), MD

Fetal Diagnostics and Prenatal Genomics

Ahmed Ahmed, MD, Ms.C, RDMS
Ahmed Ahmed, MD, Ms.C, RDMS
Julie Kaplan, MD
Julie Kaplan, MD
Director, Center for Personalized Genetic Healthcare
Marissa Coleridge
Marissa Coleridge
Genetic Counselor
Director, Prenatal and Fetal Care Genetic Counseling
Dana Knutzen
Dana Knutzen
Genetic Counselor
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Olga Latosh
Genetic Counselor

Fetal Invervention and Fetoscopic Surgery

Courtney Stephenson, DO
Courtney Stephenson, DO
Director, Fetoscopic Intervention
Ahmed Ahmed, MD, Ms.C, RDMS
Ahmed Ahmed, MD, Ms.C, RDMS
Stephen Bacak, DO
Stephen Bacak, DO
Stacey Ehrenberg, MD
Stacey Ehrenberg, MD
Maeve Hopkins, MD
Maeve Hopkins, MD
Amanada Kalan, MD
Amanada Kalan, MD

Maternal-Fetal Medicine Team

Fetal MRI

Brendan McCleary, MD
Brendan McCleary, MD
Deborah Brahee, MD
Deborah Brahee, MD
Benjamin Fortson, MD
Benjamin Fortson, MD
Albair Guirguis, MD
Albair Guirguis, MD
Brooke Lampl, DO
Brooke Lampl, DO
Melissa Myers, MD
Melissa Myers, MD
Ellen Park, MD
Ellen Park, MD

Fetal Surgery

Darrell Cass, MD
Darrell Cass, MD
Amanda Kalan, MD
Amanda Kalan, MD
Violette Recinos, MD
Violette Recinos, MD

Fetal Care Coordinators and Psychosocial Support

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Bridget Brynner, RN
Nurse Manager
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Susan Grendzynski, RN
Fetal Care Coordinator
Megan Yuska, RN
Megan Yuska, RN
Fetal Care Coordinator
Rhonda Spada, RN
Rhonda Spada, RN
Fetal Care Coordinator
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Porsha Livingston, RN
Fetal Care Coordinator
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Sarah Kaletta, LISW-S, CDCA
Pediatric Social Worker

Advanced Neonatal Minimally Invasive Surgery

Miguel Guelfand, MD
Miguel Guelfand, MD
Section Head, Pediatric General & Thoracic Surgery

Pediatric General Surgery Team

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Natalie Yeaney, MD
Natalie Yeaney, MD
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Sarah Barsman, CNP

The NICU Follow-up Clinic, along with several other specialized developmental clinics within the Cleveland Clinic system, follows babies who are at higher risk for developmental differences based on the complexity of their newborn hospital stay. Through continuity of care with providers who follow babies from before birth until several years after discharge, our goal is to anticipate and identify developmental needs early. We partner with families to arrange services, including therapies and specialist referrals; perform essential neuro-developmental testing; and support them holistically as they navigate the medical system.

Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (PCICU)

Catherine Allen, MD
Catherine Allen, MD
Director, Cardiac Care Unit and Inpatient Cardiology
Bradley Marino, MD, MBA
Bradley Marino, MD, MBA
Children’s Institute Department Chair of Heart, Vascular & Thoracic and Division Chief of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Medicine
Samir Latifi, MD
Samir Latifi, MD
Chair, Division of Pediatric Critical Care
William Hanna, MD
William Hanna, MD
Medical Director, PCICU
Madalsa Patel, MD
Madalsa Patel, MD

Pediatric Congenital Cardiac Surgery

Hani Najm, MD
Hani Najm, MD
Chair, Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery

Visit each departments’ webpage to learn more about the services they provide:

Appointments

Appointments

Referrals and Second Opinions
866.864.0430 (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
mcmaternalfetalcare@ccf.org

Weekends and After Hours
216.476.7144

Resources

Resources

Consumers

Podcasts

Listen to episodes of Cleveland Clinic's podcast Butt & Gutts about fetal surgery:

Health Essentials

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Medical Professionals

Education

Watch videos from our virtual CME conference and learn from general practitioners and specialists about the continuum of care - Fetal and Congenital Cardiac Care: Lifelong Commitment to the Continuum of Care.

Consult QD

Find helpful posts from Cleveland Clinic's site for physicians and healthcare professionals. Discover the latest fetal surgery research insights, innovations, treatment trends and more: