Fetal Medicine Clinic
Caring for Mom and Baby Before and After Birth
Fetal Medicine Clinic
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.
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.
During your fetal medicine 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 medicine 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.
Becky Corbitt, RN, MSN, CNL is the nurse coordinator of the Fetal Medicine Clinic. This Nationwide Children's clinic is a part of the Ohio Fetal Medicine Collaborative. In her role, Becky helps families whose babies have a birth defect prepare for delivery and treatment after the baby is born. She works with the physicians who lead and conduct the clinic. She also works with parents and their referring physicians to coordinate the care of the baby. Becky graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing with a Bachelor of Science degree. She received her Master's Degree in nursing at Otterbein College. Becky's passion for prenatal and neonatal nursing complements her experience.
Our team is also comprised of experienced professionals that specialize in the following:
Homecare and Hospice
Pediatric Cardiothoracic Team
Inside the Fetal Medicine Clinic
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.