The Fetal Center at Riley Children’s Health provides multidisciplinary evaluation and counseling for expectant mothers due to a high-risk fetal condition. This comprehensive care and support extends from prenatal diagnosis through delivery and postpartum follow-up.
Why Choose Riley Children's
Our Fetal Center care model is based on a partnership between Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Neonatology, in collaboration with highly-skilled and nationally-ranked pediatric specialties to provide comprehensive care for your baby.
The Fetal Center includes a well-established and innovative fetal diagnosis program with advanced radiology services and imaging capabilities to evaluate your baby if suspected to have a birth defect. In addition, we are a member of the North American Fetal Therapy Network (NAFTnet), a group of facilities with expertise in fetal diagnosis and intervention that work together on leading-edge research and treatment. And with a growing fetal surgery program, the Fetal Center is committed to providing the best treatment options.
Together, our team's vast experience allows us to manage a broad range of complex conditions for you and your baby. We offer advanced, coordinated care to support families during this critical time.
What to Expect
What to Expect
Our team's goal is to conduct a complete evaluation of you and your baby soon after a referral is made. Before your appointment, a Fetal Care Coordinator will contact you to:
- Explain your day of testing and evaluation
- Give information about your appointment times and locations
- Answer any questions you have about your day at Riley
- Provide brochures and maps to guide you through the day
At any time, your Fetal Care Coordinator is available to answer questions or address concerns you may have.
Your Visit to the Fetal Center
Your first visit to the Fetal Center will be a day of diagnostic testing and evaluation. Feel free to bring a friend or family member with you for support.
Our evaluation starts with a comprehensive ultrasound performed by our maternal-fetal medicine team. Depending on the suspected diagnosis, you may need advanced fetal imaging, including fetal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) read by a specialty-trained fetal radiologist and fetal echocardiogram conducted by pediatric cardiologists. Additional specialists will meet with you, depending on your baby's needs.
For your convenience and comfort, you will do all your testing and specialist consultations at Riley at IU Health.
Once the diagnostic tests are completed, the team will meet with you and your family. This team will consist of your maternal-fetal medicine physician, a neonatologist, and other specialists such as fetal interventionalists. They will share your testing results, discuss the diagnosis in detail, explain your baby's long-term outcomes and provide a collaborative plan for your care and baby’s care through the remainder of the pregnancy, delivery and after birth.
Riley Children's Health has a multidisciplinary fetal care conference that regularly brings more than 50 of our specialists from across the hospital to consult and recommend treatment plans for families. This engagement allows your baby's care and plan to be understood and managed with all of your needs in mind – medical, social or financial. You will also receive advice and recommendations from a comprehensive nationally-ranked medical team.
You will receive a packet with information about the diagnosis to take home. Additionally, your Fetal Care Coordinator remains available for questions long after your appointment, including connecting you to additional care team members to have your questions answered.
We understand that sometimes the information can be overwhelming, and we will remain a committed partner throughout. If you would like to speak with families that have received treatment through the Fetal Center at Riley Children's Health, we can help connect you with them.
While most fetal conditions are managed through noninvasive treatments, some conditions may require fetal surgery. At Riley Children’s, we offer fetal surgery with the latest fetal interventions and procedures performed by fetal interventionalists in our Maternity Tower at Riley Hospital for Children.
Fetal surgery is an advanced intervention to repair a fetal condition while your baby is still in the womb, improving the chances of the best possible outcome. These procedures are not only seen as fetal interventions, but as maternal-fetal interventions. We are focused on both the baby’s as well as your safety before, during and after the procedure – and leading-up to your delivery.
All procedures are supported by a multidisciplinary team that is available 24/7. Our highly skilled team of experts is the only in Indiana performing these complex, delicate procedures. Our goal is to prevent life-threatening situations and improving your baby’s chance of survival. The fetal interventions we offer include:
- Selective fetoscopic laser photocoagulation (SFLP)
- Vesico-amniotic and thoracic-amniotic shunts
- Radiofrequency ablation
- Amniotic band release
Conditions & Services
The links below provide more specific information about some, but not all, of the conditions we treat.
- Abdominal Wall Defects
- Bladder Exstrophy
- Cerebrovascular Malformation
- Chiari Malformation
- Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH)
- Congenital Heart Disease
- Congenital Pulmonary Anomalies
- Esophageal Atresia
- Gastroschisis in Babies
- Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS)
- Imperforate Anus
- Intestinal Atresia
- Posterior Urethral Valves (PUV)
- Sacrococcygeal Teratoma
- Spina Bifida
- Tracheoesophageal Fistula
- Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome
- Ureteropelvic Junction (UPJ) Obstruction
- Ureterovesical Junction (UVJ) Obstruction
- Ventricular Septal Defects
We offer a number of different Fetal Center services. Below are some, but not all, of the services that we provide.
The Fetal Center team includes but is not limited to fetal and pediatric radiologists, fetal interventionalists, cardiologists, urologists, neurologists and neurosurgeons, genetic counselors, pediatric surgeons, otolaryngologists and more. To contact the Fetal Center, call 317.948.5077. Our core team includes the following providers:
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Maternal & Fetal Medicine317.944.7010
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Fetal Center at Riley Children's Health
575 Riley Hospital Dr
Indianapolis, IN 46202
The Fetal Center at Riley has curated relevant resources from other websites and provided links with brief descriptions of the information that is available.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Check out the Maternal and Infant Health section for robust information from this trusted government resource.
Read more about common baby and pregnancy concerns as well as high-risk issues from this trusted organization.
Understanding that teamwork, expertise and innovation best support patients, the Fetal Center brings together dozens of subspecialties to collaborate and develop care plans. Our comprehensive care includes but is not limited to the following departments.
Special delivery: Twins receive lifesaving surgery before birth
Hayleigh and Rachel Koehn are tiny miracles who survived a rare complication called Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome, thanks to fetal intervention surgery at Riley.Continue reading
Groundbreaking fetal intervention saves baby’s life
Indiana woman’s unborn son required three intra-uterine blood transfusions over several weeks before he was safely delivered at Riley this week.Continue reading
Celebrating pregnancy milestones with Fetal Center photo booth
Patients in the Riley Fetal Center spend a lot of time going to appointments due to complications during pregnancy. Courtney Espinosa, a family support coordinator with the NICU Nest team, wanted to help create something for these families to do during their long days in the clinic that would bring some positivity to a stressful experience. So, she set up a pregnancy milestone photo booth in one of the private waiting rooms. Fetal center patients may miss out on things like maternity photos due to preterm deliveries. This new photo area gives them a chance to capture the progression of a pregnancy even between appointments.Continue reading
Fetal care coordinator focuses on the positive moments of pregnancy
To bring joy to patients, the Fetal Center creates heartbeat recordings for families.Continue reading
Fetal Center launches fetal surgery
Riley Children’s Health offers laser treatment for Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome.Continue reading
“The people of Riley are the reason my son survived”
Baby Finn was born with multiple heart defects, but he is thriving now, thanks to early intervention and specialized care.Continue reading
Fetal and Perinatal Imaging Helps Diagnose Conditions
High-resolution fetal MRI allows doctors at the Riley Children's Health Fetal Center to analyze the anatomy and function of vital organs.Continue reading
View the MFM Clinic and Fetal Center
A new look space helps reduce maternal and infant mortality rates in Indiana.Continue reading
Meet Dr. Melinda Markham, Medical Director of the Fetal Center
The Fetal Center provides care for women going through high-risk pregnancies.Continue reading
For Health Professionals
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The Fetal Center at Riley Children's team works closely with referring doctors of high-risk pregnant women. We make the referral process smooth and keep you informed about your patient’s progress and findings from our center.Refer A Patient
Many of the neonatology and maternal fetal medicine specialists who see patients in our program are also involved in various research studies through our partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine, keeping us on the leading edge of what’s coming next in maternal and fetal medicine.