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Fetal monitoring

Consultations and referrals

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Learning that your unborn baby may have a medical condition can be frightening and overwhelming. Our Fetal Center is here to help.

If a fetal anomaly is suspected by an obstetrician or maternal fetal medicine specialist, our Fetal Center will work together with the you and your physician to provide diagnostics, delivery planning and medical interventions for your baby once born. Referring providers and their patient families have access to a multidisciplinary team of specialists, all in one location.

Our team of pediatric subspecialists and surgeons will work together with you, your family, referring physician and neonatologists to determine the best strategy for delivery and treatment of your child after birth.

In addition, our fetal nurse coordinator will work with the referring physicians and family to navigate them through every step of the process.

Examples of conditions we treat

The conditions we treat include but are not limited to the following:

Services provided

In utero diagnostics

  • Level III ultrasound performed by a perinatologist
  • Fetal echocardiogram performed by a pediatric cardiologist
  • Fetal MRI by pediatric radiologist
  • Genetic testing with maternal testing, and amniocentesis by the perinatologist
  • Genetic counseling

Prenatal planning

  • Prenatal consultation with pediatric subspecialists
  • Delivery planning with perinatology, neonatology and pediatric subspecialists
  • Family support services

Post-delivery treatment and planning

  • Includes access to a complete team made up of specialties and subspecialties.

Fetal team

Depending on your diagnosis or suspected conditions, your medical team may include care for you and your baby as well as any necessary subspecialists.

Pediatric subspecialists

Family support services

Having a child who's ill can be stressful, which is why we offer a variety of services to help you and your family cope with the day-to-day challenges, including:

For referring physicians

How to refer

A referral to Cook Children’s Fetal Center can be made with a request for consultation or transfer of care (complex disease). Our fetal nurse coordinator will call the expectant mother to arrange an initial evaluation in the fetal center once the referral is received.

More on how to refer


Depending on the suspected condition, a diagnosis can been made by the referring perinatologist or the pediatric subspecialist. Once a diagnosis has been made, the fetal coordinator will contact the family and arrange the appointment, meet the family and be the nurse navigator for the visit.

Consultations and referrals

Rare and complex congenital heart defects don’t always present a clear cut method of treatment. Often, there are multiple ways of approaching the diagnosis. Our physicians also are available to provide second opinions for families seeking alternative treatment options. If you would like to schedule a consultation, refer a patient or speak to our staff, please call our offices at 682-885-2140.