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
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Your First Visit - What to Expect
Our team of pediatric medical and surgical specialists is here to guide and support you and your family 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 well as what to expect after delivery.
Conditions We Treat
- Abdominal / Duplication Cysts
- Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum
- Amniotic Band Syndrome (ABS)
- Aortic Stenosis in Children
- Atrioventricular Septal Defect (AVSD) (right and left dominant)
- Bilateral Renal Agenesis
- Bladder Extrophy
- Bladder Outlet Obstruction
- Bronchopulmonary Sequestration (BPS)
- Cervical Teratoma
- Cleft Lip and Palate
- Cloacal Exstrophy
- Coarctation of the Aorta
- Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia
- Congenital High Airway Obstruction Syndrome (CHAOS)
- Congenital Lobar Emphysema
- Congenital Lung Lesions
- Congenital Pulmonary Airway Malformation (CPAM)
- Cystic Adenomatoid Malformations
- Dandy-Walker Syndrome
- Diaphragmatic Hernia in Children
- Double Outlet Right Ventricle
- Down Syndrome (Trisomy 21) in Children
- Duodenal Atresia
- Ectopic Uteteriocele
- Esophageal Atresia
- Fetal Red Blood Cell or Platelet Alloimmunization
- Genetic and Metabolic Diseases and Disorders
- Giant Neck Mass
- Hemolytic Disease of the Fetus and Newborn (HDFN)
- Heterotaxy (genetic)
- Hirschsprung Disease
- Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome
- Interrupted Aortic Arch
- Lower Urinary Tract Outlet Obstruction (LUTO)
- Multicystic Dysplastic Kidney
- Pierre Robin Syndrome
- Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)
- Posterior Urethral Valves
- Pulmonary Atresia with Intact Ventricular Septum (PA/IVS)
- Pulmonary Stenosis
- Renal Agenesis
- Sacrococcygeal Teratoma (SCT)
- Short Bowel Syndrome
- Spina Bifida and Myelomeningocele
- Tetralogy of Fallot
- Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return (TAPVR)
- Tracheoesophageal Fistula (TEF)
- Tracheoesophageal Fistula and Esophageal Atresia
- Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA) in Children
- Tricuspid Atresia
- Trisomy 13 and Trisomy 18 in Children
- Trisomy 21
- Truncus Arteriosus (TA)
- Twin Reversed Arterial Perfusion Sequence (TRAP Sequence)
- Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome
- Ureterpelvic Junction Obstruction (UPJ Obstruction)
- Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD)
- Vesicoureteral Reflux (VUR)