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Cook Children's Fetal Center

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.


Learn about our Fetal Center

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I am here for you... Pregnancy can be amazing, but it can also be overwhelming at times. That’s especially true if you learn that your unborn baby may have a medical condition.
Heidi Cope-Haynes, RN, MSN
Heidi Cope-Haynes, RN, MSN

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I am here as your fetal nurse coordinator to help navigate you through your appointments and to work with your schedule as much as possible and to help you meet your care team. As you meet your care team at scheduled appointments, there will be a lot of information. Your care team and I hope to help you navigate through this information and help you make the best plan for your pregnancy, delivery, and child’s care after delivery.

As your fetal nurse coordinator, I will arrange your specialists’ appointments and work with your schedule to make them as convenient as possible to avoid multiple visits to the Fetal Center. Helping you get to your appointments is one of my favorite things to do as your fetal nurse coordinator, I want to get to know you and your baby! I do this by meeting you in the lobby and walking with you so you can find your way to appointments easily. And if you would like me to stay with you in appointments I am happy to be available for you, if not that’s okay too. Please know I am available for your questions and scheduling needs to ensure your individualized care.

Sometimes the road may seem bumpy but we will work together to get through it, and I am here for you and your baby as we travel this journey together.I look forward to meeting you.

Fetal nurse coordinator services provided:

  • Assists with scheduling fetal consult and all subsequent specialty appointments
  • Provides clear directions and instructions regarding appointment location, date, time and what to expect
    • Will meet you and escort you to the appropriate location for your appointments
    • Provides welcome letter, free parking, dining gift cards and a map of Cook Children’s Medical Center
    • Provides language assistance if needed
  • Communicates with referring providers and delivery hospital
    • After your appointments I provide information to your referring physician and delivery hospital so they can help you create an individualized plan of care
    • Summarize your appointment results and answer any questions you may have
    • If you anticipate your baby will spend time in the NICU, a virtual tour can be provided

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

If you do not see a specific condition listed, please contact us at 682-885-2158 to confirm if we treat this condition.

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:

  • Expectant Parent Appointment 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.
  • Dr. Bannie Tabor, MD | Maternal Fetal Medicine Pediatrix
  • Laura Meister, RN, DNP, NEA-BC | Service Line Director, Cook Children’s Medical Center
  • Sheralyn Hartline, RN, MSN | NICU Director, Cook Children’s Medical Center
  • Lindsey Cannon, RN, MSN, RNC-NIC, NEA-BC | Director, Center for Women and Infants-Texas Health Resource
  • Amy Stark, RN | Heart Center Fetal RN
  • NICU Case Managers
  • NICU Lactation Consultants
  • Social Workers
  • Child Life Specialists
  • Pastoral Care
  • Palliative Care

Cook Children's specialties are available to ensure we take care of every aspect of your child and their health needs. Click here to see a full list of specialty programs offered at Cook Children's.

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

Services include:


Referral and appointment information

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 team is available to provide second opinions for families seeking alternative treatment options. If you would like to refer a patient or speak to our staff, please call our offices at 682-885-2158.