Learning that your unborn baby has a birth defect may leave you feeling overwhelmed and unprepared. But you should know you’re not alone. Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Fetal Care Center is here to support you every step of the way. From diagnosis and prenatal management through fetal surgery, delivery and treatment after birth, our team of experts in fetal therapy and maternal-fetal medicine use leading-edge technology to provide the best care possible for mom and baby.
Fetal Care Services
Our Fetal Care Center is here to assist your family from diagnosis and prenatal care through fetal surgery, delivery and care after birth. Our services include:
- In-depth evaluation of fetal anatomy, growth and well-being, using ultrasound, and in some cases, fetal echocardiogram
- One-on-one consultation and counseling from a specialized fetal care physician
- Genetic counseling when there is an underlying genetic component to your child’s condition
- Patient-directed care, allowing you to decide with your physician whether to observe the condition, or have a corrective procedure.
- Connection to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, allowing you access to pediatric specialists
- Leading-edge fetal procedures, including in-utero fetal surgery, available at only a handful of centers across the country
- One of the nations most experienced labor and delivery units and neonatal intensive care units (NICU)
Conditions We Treat
Every day we’re searching for new ways to treat prenatally diagnosed birth defects and health conditions, offering patients the most innovative treatment options available. Conditions we treat include:
- Spina Bifida/ Myelomenigocele
- Amniotic Fluid Restriction
- Ureteral Stents
- Lung lesion Ablation
- Twin to Twin Transfusion
- Perinatal genetics
The Fetal Care Team
At the Fetal Care Center, you will have access to our team of internationally recognized experts including perinatologists, pediatric specialists, and genetic counselors who continuously work to advance the techniques used to treat fetal conditions and improve patient outcomes.
Fetal surgery physician: A doctor specially trained to repair fetal structural abnormalities in-utero or fix placental blood flow imbalances to improve fetal growth and development.
Fetal care nurses/coordinators: Registered nurses, who help answer questions, schedule appointments, attend surgeries and coordinate with your primary physician.
Maternal-Fetal Medicine physician: A specialized physician also known as a perinatologist who manages the health of the mother and baby before, during and shortly after pregnancy. They diagnose and treat many aspects of high-risk pregnancies, as well as assist in fetal surgeries.
Fetal care sonographers: A team of ultra sonographers that performs specialized ultrasounds and echocardiograms for a range of high-risk conditions in pregnancy, as well as provide ultrasound guidance during surgeries.
Please direct fetal therapy referral inquires to our Fetal Care Coordinator, Diane Walker, RN, BSN, C-EFM
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