About The Fetal Center
The Fetal Center at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, affiliated with the physicians at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, is a national leader in fetal diagnosis, fetal intervention and comprehensive fetal care for babies with congenital anomalies or genetic abnormalities. A national referring center, The Fetal Center offers patients a complete range of prenatal testing and fetal interventions with a coordinated program for mother and child before, during and after birth.
Areas of Specialty:
Spina BifidaDiaphragmatic HerniaComplicated MultiplesHeart Disease
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From the initial prenatal consultation through pediatric follow-up visits, The Fetal Center specialists work closely with mothers, their families and their referring physicians to provide support, counseling and education along with high quality care and treatment. The Fetal Center sees many conditions, including but not limited to the ones listed below:
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Diagnostics and Treatment
The Fetal Center offers a complete range of prenatal testing and interventions with a coordinated program for mother and child before, during and after birth. The team of experts will develop a tailored, comprehensive plan of care for both mom and her baby.
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Experts in the field of maternal-fetal medicine, our affiliated physicians are actively pursuing and participating in the research and development of therapeutic prenatal interventions aimed to improve patient outcomes. The Fetal Center is a national leader in research studies, being one of only eight national centers to be included in the NICHD Network, and serves as a member of the North American Fetal Therapy Network (NAFTNet). Current trials in progress at The Fetal Center cover the scope of prenatal conditions, including:
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Physician & Patient Resources
To best serve patients, The Fetal Center team has created resources for referring physicians and patient families. For medical professionals, our medical algorithms serve to promote consistency in patient care. For patient families, our education videos aim to provide objective information about various diagnoses. We publish our patient outcomes data in an effort to help families make informed decisions about their care.
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“We saved our daughter for our wedding anniversary,” Courtney says as she reflects on the impactful events she and her husband, Robert, have experienced together. They both remember the feeling of pure joy in January 2016 when finding out they were pregnant with their second child – a baby girl – after three years of trying.
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For many years, Dr. Mary Austin could count on one hand the people who knew. There was her close friend through middle school, who helped her pee by pushing on her lower abdomen. Years later, during her surgical training at Vanderbilt University, she confided in a mentor. Her husband knew, of course.
But until now, she hadn’t told even some of her close colleagues — or her patients. Read Full Story »