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Center for Fetal Care

The Advocate Children’s Hospital - Park Ridge Center for Fetal Care offers comprehensive services for women carrying babies with known or suspected malformations or medical conditions. Respecting the challenges that families contacting the Center for Fetal Care may face, our team of experts provides information and compassionate support and care.

From fetal diagnosis, pregnancy management to long-term care, we provide access to many of the Midwest’s leading medical specialists, state-of-the-art facilities and support services in one location. Our team of highly specialized experts, includes obstetricians, Maternal-fetal medicine specialists, neonatologists, pediatric cardiologists, pediatric surgical specialists, geneticists and advanced practice nurses. Every member of our multidisciplinary team shares a common goal - the best possible outcome for each mother and child.

To learn more about what to expect at the Center for Fetal Care, click here.

From the first phone call, our team of dedicated advanced practice nurses will coordinate all aspects of your care. Our multidisciplinary approach offers access not only to leading medical specialists, but also to spiritual and psychological counseling, family-centered support assistance, perinatal palliative care and many other services.

To request an appointment, consultation or to refer a patient to the Center for Fetal Care at Lutheran General Hospital, please call us at 847.723.7921.

Prenatal Diagnosis and Treatment Overview

While most birth defects are best managed with medical therapy or surgery immediately after birth, an increasing number of abnormalities can be treated before birth to reduce some of the life-threatening or devastating consequences of the defect.

Our Center offers a full range of the most sophisticated testing modalities, including:

  • Targeted sonographic evaluation of structural fetal anomalies
  • Prenatal diagnostic procedures: amniocentesis, chorionic villus sampling (CVS) and fetal blood sampling
  • Ultrafast fetal MRI to pinpoint structural abnormalities
  • Fetal echocardiography
  • Diagnostic fetoscopy
  • Microarray analysis

Some treatments and procedures we offer include:

  • Intrauterine blood transfusions
  • Bladder and chest shunt placement
  • Minimally invasive fetoscopic surgery, including fetoscopic laser ablation for Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome
  • Bipolar cord coagulation
  • Ex-utero intrapartum therapy (EXIT Procedure)
  • Postnatal surgery

For more information about what conditions we diagnose and treat, click here.

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