Fetal Center

Published On 08/29/2012

The Fetal Center at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital is the only center of its kind in the area to offer a complete range of services from prenatal diagnosis to fetal intervention. A partnership among Le Bonheur, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Regional One Health, the Fetal Center treats babies diagnosed in utero with a congenital anomaly.

Why Le Bonheur?

  • Families have access to all specialties in one setting, making your appointment as convenient as possible.
  • We work with you to understand your baby’s condition and navigate the plans for prenatal care/intervention, delivery and birth. Our team partners with you and your primary obstetrician to determine the best course of treatment for before and after birth.
  • Every Fetal Center case is discussed weekly among a group of pediatric experts. A course of treatment is planned by the entire Fetal Center team.
  • We are the only center in the region to offer laser treatment for twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome and have written the current guidelines on treating fetal anemia.

 Our team

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Our multidisciplinary team includes pediatric specialists in:

Our team also includes child life specialists, specially trained sonographers, lactation consultants, counselors and a program director.

Conditions we manage

Some of the common conditions treated in our center include:

  • Congenital heart defects
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Down syndrome
  • Spina bifida and neural tube defects
  • Conjoined twins
  • Fetal Hydrops
  • Twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome
  • Fetal oral cyst
  • Congenital diaphragmatic hernia
  • Gastroschisis
  • Omphalocele
  • Fetal hydronephrosis and pyelectasis
  • Congenital Cystic Adenomatoid Malformation (CCAM)

Fetal interventions and procedures

The Fetal Center offers the following fetal interventions:

  • Laser for Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome
  • Placement of shunts
  • Cordocentesis and infusion therapy
  • Radiofrequency ablations for Twin Reversed Arterial Perfusion Sequence (TRAP Sequence)
  • Amniocentesis
  • Amniopatch for latriogenic PPROM
  • Amniotic Band Syndrome intervention
  • Chorionic Villus Sampling
  • EXIT procedures
  • Fetal anemia  treatment
  • Fetoscopy
  • Pleurocentesis
  • PUBS
  • Vesciocentesis