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The Midwest Fetal Care Center: A combination of experts from Children’s Minnesota and Allina Health produce exceptional outcomes

The Midwest Fetal Care Center (MWFCC) team is attending the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine’s (SMFM) 40th annual pregnancy meeting in Grapevine, Texas, from Feb. 3-8, 2020. This annual meeting is a place for leaders and colleagues in maternal-fetal medicine get together and learn about cutting-edge obstetrics updates through workshops, forums and presentations.

Myelomeningocele (MMC) repair outcomes

In 2016, our center performed our first fetal repair of myelomeningocele (MMC), the most severe form of spina bifida. Led by a team of medical experts in the field of fetal diagnosis and therapy, our program has grown to become a high volume MMC fetal surgery center. As of January 2020, the Midwest Fetal Care Center has evaluated more than 52 women from across the Upper Midwest for fetal MMC repair; 37 of these patients met fetal surgery criteria, and 33 chose to undergo open fetal MMC repair.

Twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) procedure outcomes

The Midwest Fetal Care Center (MWFCC) performed its first fetoscopic laser ablation (FLA) for twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) in 2008. Led by a team of top medical experts in the field of maternal-fetal medicine and fetal diagnosis and therapy, our program has become one of the highest volume treatment centers for TTTS in the nation and has exceptional outcomes.


The Midwest Fetal Care Center (MWFCC), a collaboration between Allina Health and Children’s Minnesota, brings together a multidisciplinary team of highly trained maternal-fetal medicine experts from Allina Health and pediatric and neonatal specialists from Children’s Minnesota. Open since 2008, the MWFCC is a national referral center and regional leader in fetal diagnosis, fetal intervention and comprehensive fetal care for unborn babies with abnormalities.

Fetal Cardiac Ultrasound Course and Hands-On Scan Session

May 2, 2020, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Minneapolis

Due to the recent developments and health safety precautions surrounding COVID-19, this event has been cancelled.

Lower urinary tract obstruction (LUTO)

Fetal lower urinary tract obstruction (LUTO) is a condition that occurs when the baby’s urethra, the tube that transports urine from the bladder to the outside of the body during urination (Figure 1), becomes partially or completely blocked.

Rare open fetal tumor removal surgery gives Alexa a second chance at life

Kare 11 shares the touching story of Alexa Mendoza, a toddler who was one of only about a dozen babies in the world to have survived a rare open fetal surgery to remove a tumor while still in her mother’s womb. Children’s Minnesota is one of just a few hospitals across the country that is able to perform this complex and risky procedure.

Margaret in a red chair at two-years-old

Mighty Margaret is mightier than ever

Margaret had her first open heart surgery at just five months old. Now two years old she continues to fight and become a healthy and happy toddler.

Elijah Parker is dressed like a superhero.

Celebrating CV Patients: Families who give from the heart

February is American Heart Month! This month, we are celebrating some of our amazing cardiovascular (CV) patients and families who have a special place in our hearts.

Lymphatic Malformation

A lymphatic (lim-FA-tik) malformation, sometimes called a lymphangioma (lim-fan-gee-OH-ma) or cystic hygroma (SIS-tik hi-GROH-ma), is a non-cancerous growth that contains one or more sacs, or cysts, of clear fluid (lymph). The growths can appear anywhere on a baby’s body, but are most often found on the neck or head (Figures 1 and 2) or in the armpits (axilla) (Figure 3). They usually develop before birth, although they may not become visible for up to the baby’s second birthday or sometimes even later.