Midwest Fetal Care Center

As the frontiers of medicine expand, even the tiniest infants—including those still in their mother’s womb—may benefit from the earliest possible diagnosis, evaluation, and/or treatment of medical conditions.

The Midwest Fetal Care Center, the only center of its kind in the upper Midwest, offers diagnosis, consultation with experienced specialists, and treatment for a variety of conditions.

As a cooperative effort between several award-winning medical institutions, Midwest Fetal Care Center offers families:

  • A collaborative team of some of the top experts in the region in maternal health, fetal health, and diagnosis and treatment of fetal conditions
  • Seamless, coordinated care from diagnosis to treatment to after-care for both mom and baby
  • Assistance in obtaining outside treatment where necessary. If treatments available at other hospitals are the best option for mom and/or baby, we’ll help you get where you need to go.

Clinical services offered

clinical-services

  • Comprehensive evaluation and diagnosis, including fetal echocardiograms, ultrasounds, and other diagnostics
  • Consultations with pediatric subspecialists, including pediatric cardiothoracic surgeons, neurosurgeons, urologists, geneticists, ENT surgeons, neonatologists, and others
  • Fetal surgery, including the EXIT procedure (which involves surgery just prior to delivery) and fetoscopic laser ablation therapy (a laser surgery for Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome and other conditions)
  • Newborn surgery for conditions best treated after birth
  • Prenatal counseling to equip families with the information they need to make decisions for child and mom
  • Family support services, including consultations with bioethicists, chaplains, social workers or others as desired

Conditions treated through the Midwest Fetal Care Center

conditions-treated

  • Chest anomalies
  • Neurologic disorders
  • Cardiac disease
  • Twin-related conditions
  • Fetal tumors
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Abdominal wall defects
  • Genitourinary problems
  • Facial/airway conditions

Brad Feltis

Brad Feltis, MD, PhD
Pediatric Surgical Associates, pediatric surgeon
Surgical director, Midwest Fetal Care Center

Board certifications: Pediatric surgery, surgery

Professional School: PhD, Surgery –University of Minnesota School of Medicine

Medical School: MD –University of Minnesota School of Medicine

Residency: Surgery, general --University of Minnesota Hospitals

Fellowship: Trained in the subspecialty of pediatric surgery, Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center, Seattle, Wash.

Additional Training: Visiting fellow at The Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, in fetoscopy and lasertherapy for Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome

Clinical Interests: Fetal therapy, outcomes analysis, and short bowel syndrome

William A. Block

William A. Block, MD
Minnesota Perinatal Physicians, maternal fetal medicine specialist
Medical director, Midwest Fetal Care Center

Board Certifications: Obstetrics and gynecology, subspecialty in maternal fetal medicine

Medical School: MD –East Tennessee State University, James H. Quillen College of Medicine

Residency: University of South Carolina

Fellowship: Maternal fetal medicine, Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Wake Forest University

Additional Training: Visiting fellow at The Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, in fetoscopy and lasertherapy for Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome

Clinical Interests: Fetal therapy and critical care obstetrics

Past Position: Medical director of Maternal Fetal Medicine, East Tennessee State University

David Lynch-Salamon

David Lynch-Salamon, MD
Minnesota Perinatal Physicians, maternal fetal medicine specialist

Board Certifications: Obstetrics and gynecology, subspecialty in maternal fetal medicine

Medical School: MD -University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine

Residency: University of Alberta Hospital, University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

Fellowship: University of Cincinnati

Additional Training: Visiting fellow at The Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, in fetoscopy and laser therapy for Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome

Clinical Interests: Twin-to-Twin Transfusion, Medical Complications of Pregnancy, Fetal Anomalies

Past Position: Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Tess Jentink

Tess Jentink, RN
Care Coordinator

Specialties: Maternal and Fetal Medicine (high-risk pregnancy)

Medical School: St. Mary's College

Clinical Interests: Fetal surgeries and twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome

Shannon VanBrunt

Shannon VanBrunt, RN
Care Coordinator

Specialties: Maternal and Fetal Medicine (high-risk pregnancy)

Medical School: University of North Dakota

Clinical Interests: High-risk pregnancy, fetal therapy, twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome

For more information or to meet with a physician, call Minnesota Perinatal Physicians at (612) 863-4502