The Fetal Center at Vanderbilt
More fetal surgery and treatment experience. Top ranking for outcomes.
The Fetal Center at Vanderbilt is a comprehensive fetal diagnosis, therapy and surgery center, committed to providing mothers and babies with highly personalized and specialized care. Our experienced team of maternal-fetal medicine, neonatal and pediatric surgery specialists care for expectant mothers and babies at risk for or born with congenital birth defects or abnormalities.
The Junior League of Nashville provided the groundwork for comprehensive maternal fetal care programming at Vanderbilt more than a decade ago when it made a transformative gift to improve care for pregnant women and their infants. The League’s vision enabled programming to get off the ground, expand and set the foundation for what is now The Reed Family Clinic.
Meet Your Care Team
- Fetal Anomalies in Pregnancy, Gynecology, High Risk Pregnancy, Maternal Fetal Medicine (High Risk Pregnancy)
- Breast Reconstructive Surgery, Cleft Lip and Palate, Fetal Surgery for Spina Bifida, Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery, Pediatric Plastic Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Why Choose the Fetal Center at Vanderbilt
- Dedicated maternal-fetal care
Opened in September 2021, the Reed Family Maternal Fetal Clinic provides 4,600 square feet of state-of-the-art care. Our pediatric specialists can diagnose and treat congenital heart defects, spina bifida, pulmonary airway malformations and many more on site. The clinic includes a dedicated procedure suite; four exam rooms; five ultrasound rooms, each with a private restroom and fitted with the latest ultrasound technology; a genetic counseling room; two consult rooms; and a telemedicine room, which allows specialists to virtually conference for patient consults. A workroom allows our sonographers to process ultrasounds on site.
- Collaborative care
The Reed Family Clinic provides proximity to comprehensive, top-ranked pediatric expert care from more than a dozen specialties, including cardiology, neurology, radiology, social work, neonatology, gastroenterology and urology, among others. Your family can see all these specialists in a single setting. The clinic is also just a short elevator ride away from our level IV NICU, the highest state and national rating an NICU can earn.
- Family-centered care
Your family is a significant part of the decision-making team. You'll receive a customized evaluation in a single setting – no traveling between sites to see different specialists on different days.
- Pioneers in fetal surgery
We have performed more than 300 fetal surgeries, giving us expertise unmatched by most fetal centers. Vanderbilt pioneered the fetal repair of myelomeningocele, a type of spina bifida, in 1997. Today we are known worldwide for this surgery.
- Post-natal care
We help coordinate post-natal care for you and baby with appropriate specialists. Sometimes surgeries or additional procedures must be performed after delivery. We see you through the process and help you get to know Children’s Hospital. The same surgeons and specialists that care for newborns often take care of that child for years to come. We are the foundation of lifelong caregiver relationships.
- Innovative research
We are actively involved in multicenter research projects advancing the understanding and treatment of fetal congenital heart disease and fetal arrhythmias. This includes collaborative research projects through the Fetal Heart Society and the North American Fetal Therapy Network. We have ongoing research efforts working to optimize feeding and nutrition in newborns requiring heart surgery.