Parents and referring providers from across the nation turn to the Fetal Center at Vanderbilt when they have concerns for their unborn child. As a comprehensive fetal diagnosis, therapy and surgery center in Nashville, we are 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.
We collaborate with your primary obstetricians by regularly sharing updates, images and test results. This means you receive coordinated, co-managed care close to home throughout your pregnancy. In rural areas, we can utilize telehealth to help you access services.
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.
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.
Depending on the diagnosis, it is possible newborn babies will be cared for in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit after delivery. Our NICU provides many services unavailable elsewhere in our region.
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.
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.