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Urinary Tract Dilation

Urinary tract dilation occurs when part of the unborn baby’s urinary tract swells (dilates) abnormally with excessive amounts of urine. The swelling is caused by a blockage or narrowing of the urinary tract, which stops or slows the urine from leaving the baby’s body. Untreated, the condition can lead to kidney damage (renal dysplasia). In its most severe form, when no urine exits the baby, the condition can also lead to underdeveloped lungs (pulmonary hypoplasia).

Grand Rounds: Extracorporeal support of the premature infant – Extending fetal physiology beyond the womb

November 2, 2017, 8 a.m. – 9 a.m., Minneapolis

Alan W. Flake, MD, FACS, FAAP


What is oligohydraminos?

Selective intrauterine growth restriction

What is selective intrauterine growth restriction (sIUGR)?

The Great Candy Run

October 14, 2017, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., St. Paul

The Great Candy Run is an event to raise funds for and awareness of fetal syndromes and is coming to the land of 10,000 lakes. Participants and spectators alike will enjoy the fun and fast 5K course designed with walkers and runners in mind, a family festival featuring games, activity stations, face painting, great refreshments, giveaways and much more.

Intestinal Atresia

Intestinal atresia (ah-TREE-zha) is a term used to describe a broad spectrum of birth defects that result in a blockage in either the small or large intestine. The blockage (atresia) hinders the ability of the intestines to absorb nutrients and to push food and fluids through the baby’s digestive tract.

Duodenal atresia

Duodenal atresia (DWAH-de-nal ah-TREE-zha) is a condition in which the first part of the small intestine, or duodenum, is blocked. The blockage (atresia) stops food or fluid from leaving the baby’s stomach.

Esophageal Atresia

Tracheoesphageal fistula (TRAY-key-oh-ee-SOF-ah-GEE-all FIS-chu-la) and esophageal atresia (ee-SOF-ah-GEE-all ah-TREE-zha) are birth defects that affect parts of the upper digestive tract. Most of the time, these conditions occur together.

William Starks being pushed on a swing

Meet the Stark Family: William Today

See William's progress today after doctors at the Midwest Fetal Care Center give him a new opportunity to thrive.

Related image for article, Meet the Stark Family: William’s Surgery

Meet the Stark Family: William’s Surgery

Doctors at the Midwest Fetal Care Center diagnosed William with a congenital lung condition that if left untreated, may cause future complications.