Advanced fetal interventions through partnership lead to exceptional outcomes for mother and baby
When high-risk pregnancies and the most complex fetal conditions occur, the team at the Midwest Fetal Care Center (MWFCC) offers mothers and babies a continuum of care that is among the best in the nation. The MWFCC is the only advanced fetal care center in the Upper Midwest – and one of the only centers in the U.S. – to offer prenatal diagnosis and fetal interventions like fetoscopic myelomeningocele repair (repair of spina bifida). Experts at the MWFCC are trained to treat any and all types of conditions that affect mothers and their unborn babies.
About the Midwest Fetal Care Center
The MWFCC is a collaboration between two of the best-known names in pregnancy, fetal and birth care: Children’s Minnesota and Allina Health. The MWFCC brings together a multi-disciplinary team of Fetal Intervention trained physicians from maternal-fetal medicine, pediatric surgery, pediatric neurosurgery, pediatric ENT, pediatric cardiology, and neonatology. The MWFCC is located at The Mother Baby Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Since opening in 2008, the MWFCC has grown into a national referral center with world-class outcomes. Between 2016 and July 2022, the MWFCC evaluated over 7,500 fetal cases and performed over 350 total fetal procedures. The MWFCC concierge care model involves seamless communication between patients and families and the team of doctors, specialists and referring physicians, ensuring everyone is apprised of progress and supported.
Fetal interventions and outcomes
A full range of congenital diseases and other high-risk conditions are treated at the MWFCC, including congenital heart defects, gastrointestinal disorders and twin-related conditions. The MWFCC has one of the highest volume treatment centers for twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) in the nation and has exceptional outcomes with greater than 95% of procedures resulting in one or both twins surviving.
Since the first fetal repair of myelomeningocele (MMC) performed in 2016, the MWFCC program has grown to become a high volume MMC fetal surgery center. As of July 2022, more than 90 women have been evaluated for maternal-fetal surgery and 67 have undergone surgery. The MWFCC is one of a handful of centers in North America performing fetoscopic MMC repair, a procedure that maintains superior neonatal neurologic outcomes with a safer maternal procedure that also allows for vaginal delivery.