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.

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Overview

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 

Learning you have a high-risk pregnancy or fetal abnormality can be very stressful and overwhelming. That’s why we work hard to provide a seamless and collaborative care plan for both you and your baby.

Our expert team evaluates and treats nearly every fetal complication, from the most common birth defects to complex fetal anomalies. By using advanced diagnostic methods, we work to pinpoint the fetus’s condition and recommend the best possible treatment.

We frequently evaluate and treat conditions such as:

  • Congenital Lung Malformations
  • Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome with Restrictive or Intact Atrial Septum (HLHS with RAS/IAS)
  • Teratomas: Cervical teratomas (Giant neck mass), Sacrococcygeal teratomas

Below is a full list of conditions we care for at The Fetal Center.

Contact us directly if you don’t see the condition you are looking for. We welcome the opportunity to talk through your unique medical needs and questions.

Becoming a Patient

We understand that this can be a difficult time. At Nationwide Childrens, our fetal care team is here to support you and your family every step of the way.

To become a patient or speak with a member of our team, please call (614) 722-BABY (2229).

Physician referrals may be completed by using this form or by printing this form and returning by fax. 

Evaluation and Patient Visits

If a fetal concern is detected by your current care team, you may be referred to the fetal center at Nationwide Children’s for additional testing and evaluation. Whether you are coming for a single consultation or being seen several times throughout pregnancy, our goal is to provide you with the information and care you need to prepare for the birth of your baby, as well as what to expect after delivery. 

Our nurse coordinators will help schedule all appointments and visits at Nationwide Children’s so you can see all necessary specialists in one day. To help prepare you for the birth and care of your baby, our nurse coordinators will arrange a tour of our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) or Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit (CTICU) 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.

Your First Visit - What to Expect

Out-of-town Patients

Our team provides compassionate support to all families, whether traveling a few miles or across the globe. Our Global Patient Services, Fetal Center staff and navigators will assist you with any of your family’s housing, transportation, insurance, and scheduling needs.

Our Team and Our Partners

Our collaborative team of fetal experts has decades of experience treating all types of fetal conditions and anomalies. Through our collaborative approach to care, we strive to deliver high quality care and best possible outcomes for both fetus and mom.

Oluyinka O. Olutoye, MD, PhD, Surgeon-In-Chief at Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Oluyinka O. Olutoye

In addition to being the Chief of Surgery at Nationwide Children's, 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.

Ruth Seabrook

Ruth B. Seabrook

As a neonatologist, or newborn intensive care physician, Dr. Seabrook is trained to care for the most complex newborns, including those with fetal anomalies requiring surgery before or after birth, those complex medical conditions, as well as those born preterm. She works alongside both the OB-Gyn and maternal fetal medicine provider to counsel families and plan for the baby’s delivery. Neonatologists lead the team providing both immediate care for the newborn after birth, and ongoing care for babies in in the NICU.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Karen M. Texter

Karen M. Texter, MD, is Director of Fetal Echocardiography at The Heart Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Her special interests include echocardiography in congenital and acquired heart disease, and fetal cardiology.

Mickey Johnson

Mickey Johnson

As the Director of Fetal Services, Mickey Johnson, MHA, RN, works closely with all members of the Fetal Center team to support the program's clinical needs. This includes planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of strategies, evidence-based clinical programs, policies, and standards of care. Mickey has over 18 years of progressive health care leadership and over 30 years perinatal nursing experience.

Christina Stocker

Christy Stocker

As the Service Line Administrator for The Fetal Center, Christy works closely with all members of The Fetal Center to complete many of the program’s business needs. This includes coordination of the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of all activities and programs associated with The Fetal Center. In addition to working with this team, Christy is also the Service Line Administrator for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology.  She has over 20 years of progressive leadership experience.  Her background includes a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and an MBA from the University of Dayton.

Meet Our Team

Partners in Care

In addition to our dedicated fetal care team, you will have the opportunity to meet with pediatric specialists to learn more about recommended treatment options and follow up care.

Depending on your baby’s diagnosis, you may also meet with the following:

Conditions We Treat

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