Receiving a diagnosis of a fetal condition is an emotional experience. Banner Health’s team of experts is here to support and guide you through time-sensitive decisions by providing thorough, compassionate care to you and your baby. Our experienced maternal and fetal care specialists can further offer a complete range of diagnostic tests and treatment options if needed.
At select locations, Banner Health offers 24/7 Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) specialists. MFM specialists are experts in high-risk pregnancies. They have advanced training to care for women with unexpected problems during pregnancy, and to provide fetal care to unborn babies such as monitoring, treatment and surgery.
Unborn babies diagnosed with birth defects or other fetal conditions may require fetal surgery. This type of procedure is performed on the fetus in utero (while still in the mother’s uterus). Often, defects worsen as a baby develops, which is why early intervention before birth is important.
Babies who have fetal surgery often require special care after delivery. Banner Health’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is staffed and fully equipped to manage the delicate care your newborn needs.
Fetal surgery is complex and challenging. Banner Health’s experienced team provides expert, comprehensive care for both mother and unborn baby. As with any surgery, there are risks with fetal surgery including uterine rupture, fetal death, operative complications, early labor and potential failure to treat the birth defect.
Your doctor will explain all aspects of your procedure with you, but be sure to ask questions. It’s important you are informed and comfortable with your decision.
According to the CDC, 1 in every 33 babies is born with a birth defect – approximately 120,000 babies each year. Fetal surgery is becoming an option for a growing number of these babies. Being able to intervene earlier and treat disabling or deadly birth defects offers new hope to families.
Banner Health’s Fetal Surgery Program offers the following procedures to ensure the best outcomes for both mom and baby: