For health professionals

At Midwest Fetal Care Center, a collaboration between Children’s Minnesota and Allina Health, we understand care involves an entire team. If your patient’s ultrasound results are abnormal, we’re here to help. As the largest program of its kind in the Upper Midwest, our fetal care program provides evaluation, diagnosis and intervention for high-risk pregnancies.

As the referring physician, you’ll be an important part of our care team. We’ll provide written documentation of your patient’s care and work with you to establish the best comprehensive plan for your patient’s prenatal care and delivery.

Once we receive your referral form and the necessary prenatal records, one of our nurse care coordinators will contact your patient to discuss our Center and schedule an initial appointment. Your patient will meet with one of our board-certified maternal fetal specialists and schedule additional appointments with other appropriate specialists as needed. Patients referred will be seen at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.

Maternal fetal

For 24/7 assistance with maternal fetal consultations, referrals or admissions, please call:

Neonatal and pediatric

For 24/7 assistance with pediatric or neonatal consultations, referrals or admissions, please call:

Service standards

As the referring physician, you’ll receive the following service standards as part of our care team:

  • Perinatologists and neonatologists available for consultation 24/7
  • Same-day appointments for urgent perinatal needs
  • Scheduling process that allows any provider to refer perinatal patients
  • Same-day, in-hospital consults for perinatal patients and newborns (at The Mother Baby Center at Abbott Northwestern and Children’s – Minneapolis, United Hospital, Children’s – St. Paul)

 Timely and effective communication Referring providers contacted:

  • Within one business day of delivery by perinatologist and neonatologist
  • By neonatologist within one business day of neonatal admission
  • Weekly regarding patients with longer inpatient stays

Prompt test results

  • Perinatal ultrasound: Results communicated to patient’s referring provider or nurse on same day of appointment with follow-up communication by the fetal team on subsequent visits or with change in patient care plan.
  • Dictated report sent to referring provider within 48 hours following prenatal consult done by neonatologist

Understanding the critical importance of a timely Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome diagnosis

Our guide to weekly management and screening of monochorionic gestations gives healthcare providers a week-by-week chart to facilitate early diagnosis and to provide expectant parents with the information they need to make informed decisions about their pregnancy.

Learn more

Learn more about our comprehensive program and download our capabilities booklet.


Appointments and referrals


Submit the referral form and necessary records, then one of our nurse care coordinators will contact your patient to schedule an appointment.