Maternal-fetal care program in Dallas, Texas

Medical City Healthcare's Maternal Fetal Institute provides hope for families with high-risk, unborn babies. We combine advanced neonatal surgical procedures and medical interventions with highly trained healthcare personnel who are as compassionate as they are skilled.

To learn more about our maternal-fetal care, call (972) 566-5600.

Medical City Healthcare's Maternal Fetal Institute

The Maternal Fetal Institute at Medical City Healthcare provides the only labor and delivery program in North Texas with both a full-service children's hospital and adult hospital—including a Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)—in the same location. Mothers can recover with peace of mind knowing that our high-risk pregnancy specialists and the region's leading pediatric hospital, Medical City Children's Hospital, are located on the same campus.

Maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) and perinatology

Mothers who have pregnancies with little to no complications may still be considered a high-risk pregnancy or require maternal-fetal care, also known as perinatology. This is because the mother's health doesn't always mirror fetal health in the womb. An OB/GYN can still provide care during pregnancy, but it takes a special program to care for moms and babies when there is a medical condition directly affecting the baby.

We use a customized model of care for these high-risk pregnancies and births. Our approach includes:

  • Consultative care and advanced fetal diagnosis
  • Co-management of patients with referring physicians
  • Total transfer of obstetrical care, if needed
  • Admission into our Level IV NICU (the highest level of critical care available)

Comprehensive care for babies

Our maternal-fetal specialists work with other specialists in related fields—including heart surgery, craniofacial surgery, general surgery, hematology, oncology, nephrology, neurosurgery, orthopedics and more—to ensure your child receives the most comprehensive care possible. Should your child need it, our Level IV NICU provides the highest level of care in Dallas, and our dedicated children’s ER has private rooms with space for you to stay with your child.

Congenital Heart Surgery Unit (CHSU)

Each year, the CHSU accommodates hundreds of children who undergo heart operations. Cases range in complexity from hypoplastic left heart syndrome to atrial and ventricular septal defects. Our heart program's success attracts referrals from across the country.

Fetal intervention and surgery

Our fetal surgery program is one of only a handful of program in the world that has the capability to perform the full range of fetal interventions—from ultrasound-guided procedures to fetoscopic surgery, and from open fetal surgery to ex utero intrapartum treatment (EXIT) procedures.

Maternal, pediatric and neonatal transport teams

Whether you have a scheduled or emergency delivery, our teams stand ready to bring you and your baby to our hospital through ground, helicopter or airplane transport, as needed. Because the best place for a high-risk baby during pregnancy is the mother's womb, our maternal transport team provides the best chance of extending pregnancy while moving mom to a higher level of care.

Fetal and neonatal conditions we treat

Our MFM program treats most neonatal conditions and congenital abnormalities. Specifically, some of the conditions we treat include:

  • Abdominal wall defects
  • Abnormal heart
  • Achondrogenesis
  • Achondroplasia
  • Agenesis of the cerebellar vermis
  • Agenesis of the corpus callosum
  • Amniotic band syndrome
  • Anencephaly
  • Asphyxiating thoracic dystrophy
  • Atrial septal defect
  • Atrioventricular (AV) Canal Defect
  • Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome
  • Bilateral cleft lip and palate
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Bronchogenic cyst
  • Cardiac anomalies
  • Congenital cystic adenomatoid malformation
  • Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH)
  • Congenital heart defect (CHD)
  • Chest mass
  • Choledochal cyst
  • Choroid plexus cyst
  • Chromosomal abnormalities
  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Club foot
  • Central nervous system malformation
  • Coarctation of the aorta
  • Congenital aberrations
  • Congenital abnormalities
  • Congenital kidney disease
  • Congenital pulmonary lymphangiectasia
  • Conjoined twins
  • Craniofacial defects
  • Critical aortic valve stenosis
  • Cystic adenomatoid malformation
  • Cystic hygroma
  • Cystic mass
  • Dandy-Walker malformation
  • Diaphragmatic hernia
  • Double outlet right ventricle
  • Down syndrome
  • Duodenal atresia
  • Dwarfism
  • Ebstein's anomaly
  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
  • Ectopia cordis
  • Encephalocele
  • Esophageal atresia
  • Fetal alcohol syndrome
  • Fetal anomalies
  • Fetal ascites
  • Fetal malformation
  • Gastroschisis
  • Heterotaxy
  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS)
  • Holoprosencephaly
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Hydrocoele
  • Hydronephrosis
  • Hydrops
  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
  • Meckel-Gruber syndrome
  • Megaureter
  • Meningomyelocele
  • Microcephaly
  • Multicystic kidneys
  • Multiple anomalies
  • Myelomeningocele
  • Neural tube defect
  • Neurological conditions and disorders
  • Omphalocele
  • Open neural tube defect
  • Osteogenesis imperfecta
  • Patent ductus arteriosus
  • Polycystic kidney
  • Polyvalvular disease
  • Porencephaly
  • Prune belly syndrome
  • Pulmonary hypoplasia
  • Pulmonary stenosis
  • Renal agenesis
  • Skeletal dysplasia
  • Special needs
  • Spina bifida
  • Tetralogy of Fallot
  • Transposition of the great arteries (TGA)
  • Thalassaemia major
  • Thanatophoric dwarfism
  • Total anomalous pulmonary venous drainage
  • Tricuspid atresia
  • (Trisomy) 13, 18 and 21
  • Truncus arteriosus
  • Turner syndrome
  • Twin to twin transfusion
  • VACTERL association
  • Ventricular septal defect (VSD)
  • Ventriculomegaly

Contact the Maternal Fetal Institute

To reach the Maternal Fetal Institute any time, day or night, patients or referring physicians may call (972) 566-5600.

For information about maternal-fetal care before your child is born, contact our compassionate specialists at (972) 566-2326. For information about care after your child is born, call (972) 566-3287.