Advanced care for mother and baby before birth
Health care for a baby begins before birth. That’s why the Fetal Treatment Program at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center offers the most advanced level of personalized health care available to both mother and developing baby before birth. The majority of our fetal care plans involve diagnosis, counseling, education, emotional support and planning for both delivery and care after baby is born.
Only a few pregnancies require medical or surgical treatments before delivery. For those rare occurrences, we evaluate and treat a developing fetus in the womb to correct problems before birth. The goal is to help baby in the early stages of life and throughout fetal development to correct complications that could form the basis of later-in-life diseases, such as high blood pressure or heart disease.
Most importantly, our maternal fetal medicine physicians work with you and your primary obstetrician/gynecologist. While your Ob/Gyn may continue to provide your routine pregnancy care, we offer the most advanced maternal fetal screenings and diagnostic procedures to verify and diagnose any abnormality, and then provide the most comprehensive fetal treatment options available.
Amniocentesis/chorionic villus sampling
Ex utero intrapartum treatment (EXIT) delivery
Fetal cystocentesis, thoracentesis or taracentesis
Fetal shunt placements
Twin to twin transfusion therapy
Why Choose Ohio State?
In addition, our physicians are actively involved in clinical research and have participated in the development and testing of many of the fetal and diagnostic procedures and treatments we offer. Research studies in fetal treatment for certain conditions also may be available to you.
Finally, as an academic medical center, we provide innovative research, depth of medical expertise, and the latest technologies and fetal treatment techniques. We’re also part of Ohio State, which means we have access to resources, equipment and support — including the region’s only Prenatal Reference Laboratory — that make certain treatments possible only here.
We help expectant mothers who have been diagnosed with a pregnancy complication of the fetus, including:
- Abdominal wall defects
- Blood cell incompatibility between mother and baby
- Cleft lip and/or palate
- Chromosome abnormalities
- Excess fluid in one or more area
- Heart defects
- Diaphragmatic hernia
- Low red blood cell (fetal anemia) or platelet count
- Lung defects
- Neural tube defects (spina bifida)
- Neurological defects
- Orthopaedic problems (club foot)
- Twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome
- Urologic defects