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Esophageal Atresia

Tracheoesophageal 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. Esophageal atresia repair and tracheoesophageal fistula repair are available at the Midwest Fetal Care Center.

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.

Stark parents waking outside with dog

Meet the Stark Family

A routine 20-week ultrasound revealed more than this Minneapolis couple's baby's gender.

Giving

Fetal medicine is at the pioneering edge of pediatric health care. Babies still in the womb with serious illnesses and conditions once faced a lifetime of struggle and chronic issues. Now, when treated early, we have hope of reducing or fully eliminating the burden of chronic illness from their lives. This possibility is fueled by donors like you.

Couple in a ultrasound appointment

Midwest Fetal Care Center physician explains open fetal surgery

Dr. Lillegard explains more about the new open fetal surgery program and the Midwest Fetal Care Center’s service

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Baby Clara hasn’t let spina bifida slow down her amazing development

A new fetal surgery gives Clara an opportunity to thrive.

Midwest Fetal Care Center Launches Open Fetal Surgery Program

Children’s Minnesota and Allina Health announced that the Midwest Fetal Care Center added open fetal surgery to its pioneering fetal care program.

Spina Bifida

Spina bifida (SPY-na BI-fi-da), a Latin term that means “split spine,” is a birth defect that occurs when a section of the baby’s spinal column does not form properly. Spina bifida treatment is available at Midwest Fetal Care Center.

Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome

Twin to twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) is a condition that occurs only in monochorionic pregnancies  — ones in which two or more genetically identical babies (usually twins) share the same placenta. Although all identical twins share a placenta, TTTS develops in about 10 to 15 percent of those pregnancies. The condition does not occur when the twins are non-identical (fraternal).