The Fetal Center
Caring for Mom and Baby Before and After Birth
The Fetal Center
We know this can be a very stressful time for you. Our expert team of fetal medicine specialists is here to guide and support you each step of the way. Our goal is to provide you with the information and care you need to prepare for the birth of your baby.
As a member of the Ohio Fetal Medicine Collaborative (OFMC), Nationwide Children's offers families facing potentially complex birth defects the highest quality care. The most advanced diagnosis and treatment is available to both the mother and fetus before, during and after the infant’s birth.
During your fetal center visit, the pediatric specialists will discuss the diagnosis, treatment, recovery and long-term prognosis of your baby. We are also here to provide supportive care, listen to your questions and discuss your concerns.
Nationwide Children’s works closely with families and their perinatologists to utilize state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment protocols from a full range of specialties to improve neonatal outcomes for most fetal complications. These specialties include maternal-fetal medicine, genetics, radiology, transfusion services, laser treatment, labor and delivery, neonatology, cardiology, anesthesia, pediatric surgery, urology and neurosurgery.
Conditions We Treat
By using advanced diagnostic methods, we work with the perinatologists to pinpoint the fetus’s problem and recommend the best possible treatment, allowing for the planning and care of nearly every fetal complication, including:
- Abdominal wall defects, including gastroschisis and omphalocele
- Bilateral renal agenesis
- Bladder exstrophy
- Cloacal extrophy
- Congenital anomalies of the central nervous system, including agenesis of the corpus callosum and dandy walker syndrome
- Congenital anomalies of the face, including cleft lip and palate
- Congenital heart defects
- Congenital intestinal anomalies including abdominal cysts and duodenal atresia
- Congenital lung malformations (lung lesions)
- Congenital orthopedic anomalies including clubfoot
- Congenital problems in the urinary system
- Cystic adenomatoid malformations
- Diaphragmatic hernia
- Fetal red blood cell or platelet alloimmunization
- Genetic and metabolic diseases and disorders
- Neural tube defects including spina bifida and encephalocele
- Trisomy 13
- Trisomy 18
- Twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome
The following specialties are included in the collaborative and will participate in your care depending on your baby’s diagnosis:
We understand that this can be a difficult time and are here to support you. Our fetal center nurse coordinator is available to you to call with questions and concerns. She will also coordinate your appointments at Nationwide Children’s so you will visit all necessary specialists in one day.
To help prepare you for the birth and care of your baby, the nurse coordinator will arrange a tour of our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) before your baby’s birth. We will also make sure you go home with literature and educational resources to help you understand your care and your baby’s diagnosis.
A family support coordinator is available to provide emotion and spiritual support to you before and after your baby’s birth. Additional support such as social services, interpreter services and accommodations for families that live outside of Franklin County are available.
Meet Our Team
You will have the opportunity to meet with pediatric specialists at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, a nationally renowned pediatric center, to learn more about recommended treatments.
Our team is also comprised of experienced professionals that specialize in the following:
In addition to being the Chief of Surgery at NCH, Dr. Olutoye is a pioneer in the surgical and medical treatments that improve outcomes for both mother and baby. As a pediatric and fetal surgeon, Dr. Olutoye brings specialized clinical expertise in fetal and neonatal surgery. Fetal surgeons work closely with obstetricians and maternal-fetal medicine specialists to provide exceptional care for babies who need surgery in-utero and to improve outcomes for a range of conditions such as congenital diaphragmatic hernia, spina bifida and other congenital anomalies.
As a maternal-fetal medicine physician, Dr. Ogunleye is dedicated to the care and treatment of both mother and baby. For women who are facing a high-risk pregnancy, Dr. Oguleye acts as an extension of your current OB/Gyn care, providing additional testing, monitoring, and treatment options for fetal conditions and anomalies throughout the pre- and postnatal journey.
Dr. Seabrook is trained to care for the most complex newborns including those born prematurely or in high-risk situations. She works alongside both the OB-Gyn and maternal fetal medicine provider to prepare for the baby’s delivery and provides immediate care for the newborn after birth.
As the nurse coordinator, Becky Corbitt, RN, MSN, CNL ensures all families who are facing a high-risk pregnancy or birth defect prepare for delivery and treatment after the baby is born. She works closely with the physicians and specialists, as well as the referring physicians, to coordinate all aspects of care for both mom and baby throughout the process.
As the intake coordinator for The Fetal Center, Miranda serves as a concierge throughout your journey. She will help schedule and coordinate all visits and appointments across all services and helps to gather all records, medical history and insurance information for each patient family.
Specializing in performing ultrasounds for high risk pregnancies, Sophie serves as the Sonographer for The Fetal Center. She has a strong knowledge in physiology and anatomy which ensures each patient is carefully screened for both fetal anomalies and any associated risks through detailed exams.
Inside The Fetal Center
This is a family resource guide on frequently asked questions for parents and families who learn that their unborn child will be born with a birth defect.