Frequently asked questions
We realize that you may have a lot of questions related to you, your baby and your care, before and after your baby is born. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions by new or expectant moms and families. As always, because every case is different, please discuss your individual needs with your doctor.
What services does your fetal care program offer?
Midwest Fetal Care Center, a collaboration between Children’s Minnesota and Allina Health, offers a broad range of services, from comprehensive evaluation and diagnosis during your pregnancy to fetal surgery and follow-up care, for moms with high-risk pregnancy needs. Learn more about specific conditions and services.
What makes your fetal care program unique?
As a leader in our field, we are the first advanced fetal care program in the Upper Midwest. We specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of congenital conditions and abnormalities in unborn infants. We offer a multidisciplinary approach to your high-risk pregnancy as well as individualized nurse care coordination for all families.
Do I need a physician’s referral?
Your physician will provide a referral to our fetal care program and submit the necessary prenatal records. Once your information is reviewed, you will be contacted by one of our schedulers typically within 48 hours to schedule your appointment.
You are always welcome to call or email us.
How do I inform my primary doctors that I want a referral to Midwest Fetal Care Center?
You can download a Minnesota Perinatal Physicians referral request form that outlines what is required from your primary provider in order for us to schedule you for the appropriate appointments. Otherwise, you are always welcome to call or email us.
What if the results of my ultrasound are abnormal?
If your ultrasound results are abnormal:
- Your physician may refer you to our fetal care program for further evaluation.
- You can contact us to start the referral process by calling or emailing us.
Once we receive the referral from your doctor or are contacted by you, one of our nurse care coordinators will follow up to discuss Midwest Fetal Care Center and schedule an initial appointment. You will meet with one of our board-certified maternal fetal specialists from Minnesota Perinatal Physicians and schedule for appointments with other appropriate specialists based on your diagnosis.
Who will I meet prior to having my baby?
During your initial visit, you will see one of our board-certified maternal fetal medicine specialists from Minnesota Perinatal Physicians who will order the necessary diagnostic tests. One of our care coordinators will arrange consultations with other appropriate pediatric specialists as well as tours of The Mother Baby Center, the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and other areas as appropriate to your diagnosis.
Where will I receive my care?
Where you deliver your baby will be determined based on your fetal diagnosis and the availability of neonatal services at your home facility. If services are not available, your referring provider and maternal fetal medicine specialist will arrange a transfer of obstetric care, when appropriate, to our fetal care program. Our team works with your OB to determine the best location for your baby’s delivery. If here, deliveries take place at The Mother Baby Center.
Will my insurance company cover the cost of my maternal fetal care?
Once you have received a fetal diagnosis, it’s important that you notify your insurance company and inquire about prior authorization for tests and consultations related to high-risk obstetrical care. Each insurance company varies greatly regarding requirements and coverage for high-risk obstetric care. Our care coordinators and perinatal social workers can work with you to answer questions, and connect you to resources as needed.
What if I want to talk with a nurse or have a routine question?
Care coordinators are available five days a week to field any questions or concerns you may have. To contact a nurse care coordinator, you may call or email them.
How do you work with my OB/GYN?
We understand care involves an entire team. Every member of our fetal care program is committed to ongoing communication with your referring physician. We provide written documentation of your care to your referring OB/GYN provider, and work with your provider to establish the best comprehensive plan for your prenatal care and delivery.
We live out of town. If needed, where can I stay to remain close to my newborn baby?
One of our perinatal social workers will meet with you and your family prior to delivery and begin to discuss and develop a plan for lodging for after your delivery. They can also assist with identifying community and state resources that may be available to you and your family.