Experts in Fetal Diagnosis & Treatment at University Hospitals

Every pregnancy is different, and every pregnancy carries different risks. If you become aware of potential complications or risks to your unborn baby through an abnormal ultrasound result, the experienced maternal, fetal and newborn specialists at University Hospitals are prepared to provide the whole spectrum of care. Whether you were referred to us by your obstetrician or nurse-midwife, or are seeking a second opinion, our team has the skill to accurately diagnose and manage fetal conditions and complications, including the most complex.

Different kinds of tests such as prenatal ultrasounds and genetic tests may be needed, including:

  • Amniocentesis: A procedure which involves collecting and assessing amniotic fluid to identify specific genetic conditions or functional issues.
  • Biophysical profile: This combines the results of a non-stress test and an ultrasound to determine your baby’s health.
  • Chorionic villus sampling: Collects a small piece of tissue from the placenta to identify potential genetic problems early in the pregnancy.
  • Doppler velocimetry: This test uses a small laser beam to monitor blood flow and determine if your baby is getting a healthy supply of blood.
  • Fetal echocardiography: A test that uses sound waves to check your developing baby’s heart.
  • Non-stress test (NST): Measures your unborn baby’s heart rate in response to his or her movements.
  • Targeted sonography: Using advanced 3D and 4D ultrasound to look at specific areas of your unborn baby to determine if there are any issues.

Unique, Multispecialty Expertise in a Single Location

University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital offers a unique combination of expertise in high risk maternal, fetal and newborn care, and is one of the few children’s hospitals in the nation to have leading specialists in every pediatric and adult subspecialty in one place.

When diagnosing and treating an unborn baby, the combined expertise of our collaborative team enables us to accurately identify and effectively treat a variety of fetal and newborn conditions.

Seamless Collaboration Among Specialists

If a genetic condition, anatomical malformation or other fetal issue is identified, our maternal fetal medicine team can quickly assemble and collaborate with prenatal genetics, neonatologists, pediatric surgical subspecialists, fetal and pediatric heart specialists and any other pediatric subspecialty at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, as well as experts in every adult specialty, to discuss the diagnosis and treatment options with you, and develop a coordinated plan for both before and after the baby is born, including transitions of care.

This level of communication allows care to be seamless for mom and baby at all times. Our family-centered approach means you and your family remain at the center of care at all times and are an integral part of the team.

Steps Away from UH Rainbow’s Top Rated NICU and Neuro-NICU

University Hospitals MacDonald Women’s Hospital Labor & Delivery is a Level III Regional Perinatal Center located just steps away from the Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. This means after your baby is born, he or she will have immediate access to every pediatric subspecialty within the UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital team.

Also housed within the NICU is UH Rainbow’s neuro-neonatal intensive care unit. The first of its kind in the region, this collaborative program brings together specialists in neonatology, pediatric neurology, pediatric neuroradiology and other areas to provide specialized care for neurological conditions in newborns.

Dedicated Nurse to Help Families Navigate Care

We know that a fetal diagnosis can be overwhelming for you and your family and we are here to help.

Our compassionate team includes a dedicated nurse navigator who will:

  • Serve as a resource and single point of contact for you and your doctor or midwife during the duration of your care.
  • Coordinate appointments involving multiple specialists and services before, during and after delivery.
  • Provide follow up about test results and outcomes.
  • Provide information about the diagnosis, treatment and health management recommendations to help you make informed choices about care for both you and your unborn child.
  • Facilitate ongoing education and support for a smooth transition from prenatal to postnatal care.

Innovation in Prenatal Science

Through Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, our clinician scientists are developing innovative ways of uncovering specific medical problems without disturbing the fetus.

UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital is a member of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units Network. This network is comprised of 14 specialized centers selected by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Together, these esteemed centers conduct ongoing clinical research and scientific trials that yield new treatment methods for high-risk pregnancies.