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Fetal Care Center

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The USF Health Fetal Care Center of Tampa Bay offers comprehensive prenatal and fetal care for high risk pregnancies with the most complex fetal diagnoses. Every four and a half minutes, a baby is born with a birth defect in the United States. Learning that your own baby may have a defect creates unimaginable stress and raises many concerns and questions for you and your family. 

Our team of specialized USF Health providers collaborate within a state of the art academic setting bringing together reputable MFM physicians, obstetricians, and pediatric specialists. 

The USF Fetal Care Center offers multidisciplinary care coordination among high-risk obstetricians and many pediatric specialties. A dedicated nurse coordinator offers continuity of care and a distinct point of contact throughout the pregnancy. Navigation through a complex medical system provided by this nurse coordinator helps ease patient anxiety and overcome arising challenges. 

Specialized physicians from USF Health deliver advanced health care at Tampa General Hospital. Tampa General Hospital’s Jennifer Leigh Muma level 4 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, offers the highest level of specialized care for newborns. The Women’s Center at TGH offers innovative operating rooms, delivery suites and specialized antepartum and postpartum care.  

Diagnosis and care for many of these complex fetal conditions occur at our TGH and USF offices. Prenatal imaging including ultrasound, fetal MRI and fetal echocardiography is available to complete a thorough fetal diagnosis. This collaboration provides the most comprehensive care using the latest medical procedures and interventions. 

Our center offers hope to women going through these complex pregnancies through a seemless provision of innovative fetal therapy techniques with the aid of fetal surgeons, maternal fetal medicine specialists and specialized coordinators.

Among our many services are these fetal therapy and treatment options: 

Fetoscopic Laser treatment of twin to twin transfusion syndrome

Intrauterine transfusions for red blood cell and platelet disorders

Thoraco-amniotic shunting for pleural effusions, CCAM

Vesico-amniotic shunting for bladder outlet obstruction and obstructed cloaca

Cordocentesis for diagnostic purposes

• Ex Utero Intrapartum Treatment (EXIT Procedure) for Congenital High Airway Obstruction Syndrome (CHAOS) and other airway obstruction


We treat these fetal conditions:

Chest Anomalies
  • Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) 
  • Congenital cystic adenomatoid malformation of the lung (CCAM) 
  • Bronchopulmonary sequestrations (BPS) 
  • Pleural effusions 
  • Pulmonary agenesis 
  • Pentology of Cantrell 
Fetal Tumors
  • Cervical teratoma 
  • Mediastinal teratoma 
  • Sacrococcygeal teratoma (SCT) 
  • Pericardial teratoma 
  • Lymphangioma 
  • Neuroblastoma 
Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Duodenal atresia 
  • Esophageal atresia 
  • Enteric duplication atresia 
  • Intraabdominal cysts 
  • Imperforate anus 
Abdominal Wall Defects
  • Omphalocele 
  • Gastroschisis 

Genitourinary Problems
  • Bladder outlet obstruction
  • Bladder exstrophy
  • Hydronephrosis
  • Cloaca
  • Cloacal exstrophy

Neurologic Problems

  • Hydrocephalus
  • Myelomeningocele /spina bifida
  • Dandy-Walker malformation
  • Arachnoid cyst
  • Encephalocele
  • Vein of Galen aneurysm

Cardiac Heart Disease

  • Aortic stenosis
  • Complete heart block
  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS)
  • Pulmonary atresia with intact ventricular septum

Amniotic Band Syndrome

  • Amniotic Band Syndrome (ABS)

Twin Problems

  • Twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS)
  • Twin-reversed arterial perfusion sequence (TRAP Sequence)
  • Anomalies in monochorionic twins
  • Conjoined twins
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