Compassionate maternal-fetal care in Dallas, Texas

Moms who give birth at Medical City Dallas Hosptial can recover with peace of mind knowing Medical City Children's Hospital is next door. Care for moms and babies with various conditions, such as craniofacial anomalies, is provided at the Maternal Fetal Institute.

To learn more about the Maternal Fetal Institute at Medical City Children's Hospital call (972) 566-5600.

This makes Medical City the only North Texas hospital with both a full-service children's hospital and an obstetric hospital within the same facility — keeping mothers and newborns together — even for high-risk pregnancies.

The health and safety of mothers carrying a baby with a congenital anomaly is our top priority, which is why we created the Maternal Fetal Institute to help parents navigate this trying time.

We also house a Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), providing the highest level of care to the most medically fragile infants, and a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) capable of treating the most severely ill pediatric patients. Our hospital's congenital heart surgery unit (CHSU) also treats hundreds of pediatric patients each year for cardiac procedures.

Medical City Children's Hospital also has a craniofacial center that has treated thousands of patients from all 50 states and more than 75 countries, performing more than 15,000 craniofacial surgical procedures.

The Maternal Fetal Institute

A routine OB/GYN can take care of the pregnancy, but it takes a special program to care for moms and babies. We work one-on-one with you and your referring physician to develop a customized treatment plan, including total transfer of obstetrical care if needed.

The Medical City Children’s Hospital Maternal Fetal Institute provides customized care that includes fetal heart surgery, abdominal wall surgery, craniofacial surgery, neurological surgery and orthopedic surgery.

Maternal, pediatric and neonatal transport

Our maternal and pediatric/neonatal transport teams stand ready to bring mother and child to our hospital through ground, helicopter, or airplane transport.

The best place for a baby during pregnancy is the mother’s womb. Our experienced maternal transport team, including labor and delivery nurses, provides the best chance of extending pregnancy while moving mom to a higher level of care.

Our team is the only maternal transportation unit in the region exclusively staffed by registered nurses with extensive training in caring for critically ill or injured expectant mothers.

Maternal Pediatric Transport Helicopter Maternal Fetal Transport Team

Fetal intervention and fetal surgery

Infants born with a complex birth defect can get treatment through fetal intervention or fetal surgery.

As technology, fetal imaging and prenatal testing have improved over the past few decades, so has our knowledge of fetal development and the benefits of performing surgery while the baby is still in the womb.

The Fetal Intervention and Surgery program at Medical City Children's Hospital provides leading-edge treatment for the most vulnerable patients suffering from congenital birth defects.

Fetal surgery

Our hospital is one of only a handful of centers in the world capable of performing the full range of fetal interventions. From ultrasound-guided procedures to open fetal surgery, your baby is in good hands.

In addition to performing several types of fetal interventions, we perform open fetal surgery for life-threatening conditions, including:

  • Myelomeningocele—severe form of spina bifida
  • Sacrococcygeal teratoma (SCT)—a tumor on the base of the tailbone
  • Congenital cystic adenomatoid malformation (CCAM)—a benign mass of abnormal lung tissue

Maternal-fetal conditions we treat

Care at the Maternal Fetal Institute starts well before delivery. A multidisciplinary team of expert perinatologists and specialists works together to provide a proper diagnosis and a seamless transition to treatment or pediatric surgery.

The maternal-fetal 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 defects (CHD)
  • Chest mass
  • Choledochal cyst
  • Choroid plexus cyst
  • Chromosomal abnormalities
  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Clubfoot
  • Central nervous system (CNS) malformation
  • Coarctation of the aorta
  • Congenital aberrations
  • Congenital abnormalities
  • Congenital kidney disease
  • Congenital pulmonary lymphangiectasis
  • Conjoined twins
  • Craniofacial defects
  • Critical aortic valve stenosis
  • Cystic adenomatoid malformation
  • Cystic hygroma
  • Cystic mass
  • Dandy Walker malformation
  • Diaphrgamatic hernia
  • Double outlet right ventricle, or DORV
  • Down syndrome (trisomy 21)
  • Duodenal atresia
  • Dwarfism
  • Ebstein’s anomaly
  • 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
  • Meckel-Gruber syndrome
  • Megaureter
  • Meningocele
  • Microcephaly
  • Multicystic kidneys
  • Multiple anomalies
  • Myelomeningocele
  • Neural tube defects
  • Neurological conditions and disorders
  • Omphalocele
  • Open neural tube defect (spina bifida)
  • Osteogenesis imperfecta
  • Patent ductus arteriosus
  • Polycystic kidney
  • Polyvalvular disease
  • Porencephaly
  • Prune belly syndrome
  • Pulmonary hypoplasia
  • Pulmonary stenosis
  • Renal agenesis
  • Skeletal dysplasia
  • Special needs
  • Specialty obstetrics referrals
  • Tetralogy of Fallot
  • Transposition of the great arteries (TGA)
  • Thalassaemia major
  • Thanaophoric dwarfism
  • Total anomalous pulmonary venous drainage
  • Tricuspid atresia
  • Trisomy 13 and trisomy 18
  • Truncus arteriosus
  • Turner syndrome
  • Twin to twin transfusion
  • VACTERL associations
  • Ventricular septal defect (VSD)
  • Ventriculomegaly

Receiving maternal-fetal care

Medical City Children’s Hospital provides critical care to the most vulnerable patients: unborn and newborn babies with complex birth defects. For more information on maternal-fetal care at Medical City Children's Hospital, contact:

To reach the Maternal Fetal Institute at Medical City Children's Hospital, patients or referring physicians can call (972) 566-5600.

Maternal fetal care at Medical City Healthcare

Maternal fetal medicine practitioners provide care to mothers and their children during pregnancy, labor and for a short period of time following birth. Maternal fetal medicine specialists often care for women experiencing a high-risk pregnancy.

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