Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Fetal Care Center

Fetal Care Procedures

At the Fetal Care Center at Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies, part of The Leon Pediatric Neuroscience Center of Excellence, we are dedicated to helping families when prenatal conditions are diagnosed. Our team of renowned doctors, specialists and nurses will guide you from the start, explaining your choices for care and will stay with you throughout your pregnancy, the birth of your child and afterward into recovery and lifelong care.

We help you get the answers you need, and through our personalized care plans, our dedicated team will support your decisions medically and emotionally. Our staff will coordinate your care with experts in maternal, fetal and pediatric medicine at our advanced facilities, so you can focus on healing and moving forward.

At the Fetal Care Center, our goal is to provide the best possible care for mother and child, and that may mean surgery before your baby is born. Our experienced surgeons perform innovative procedures that include repairing the most severe form of spina bifida. Only a few hospitals in the United States can perform this type of open fetal surgery, and Orlando Health Winnie Palmer is the first in the state of Florida.

Orlando Health Winnie Palmer is a leading women’s hospital in the Southeast, offering comprehensive services for babies. Our Fetal Care Center is committed to expanding treatment options and advancing the care of unborn babies.

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
  • Diagnosis and treatment of fetal anomalies
  • Identification of birth defects in utero, such as cleft palate and cleft lip, and the establishment of a plan for care once your child is delivered
  • 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 Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, allowing you access to pediatric specialists
  • Innovative 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)

At the Fetal Care Center, our skilled surgeons are trained extensively in open fetal, in-utero procedures, including:

  • Repair of myelomeningocele – the most severe form of spina bifida
  • Treatment of various teratomas
  • Treatment of pulmonary masses
  • Treatment of other congenital masses and lesions that could threaten the baby’s life

Our experienced physicians also manage fetal conditions through a number of specialized procedures, including:

  • Amniocentesis
  • Chorionic villus sampling -- transabdominal/transvaginal (CVS)
  • Intrauterine transfusion (IUT)
  • Percutaneous umbilical blood sampling (PUBS)
  • Thoracoamniotic shunt placement
  • Transvaginal cervical cerclage placement
  • Transabdominal cervical cerclage placement
  • Vesicoamniotic shunt placement
  • Ex-utero Intrapartum Treatment (EXIT Procedure)

It’s incredible what the Orlando Health team was able to do for us. It’s amazing that at 25 weeks, they could do this surgery on a baby that was still in the uterus, basically changing her entire life.

Akosua Taylor


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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.

Contact Us

We are here to help you and your baby. To begin receiving answers to your questions, please contact our Fetal Care Center coordinator:

Diane Walker, RN, BSN, C-EFM
Phone: (321) 843-1414
Fax (321) 841-9817
Email: [email protected]

Meet the Physicians


Samer K Elbabaa, MD

Pediatric & Fetal Neurosurgery

Cole Greves, MD

Cole Douglas Greves, MD, FACOG

Maternal and Fetal Medicine

Gregory Locksmith, MD

Gregory John Locksmith, MD

Maternal and Fetal Medicine