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Expert, Compassionate Care For Families With High-Risk Pregnancies

It can be extremely scary and overwhelming for an expecting family to learn that their unborn baby may have medical complications. The UNC Fetal Care Center team understands this. Our multi-disciplinary team of maternal-fetal medicine specialists, pediatric surgeons, neonatologists, and pediatric specialists approach every complex pregnancy with compassionate care, coupled with advanced diagnostic tools and state-of-the-art treatment and for world-class maternal-fetal care.


Advanced diagnostic tools offer the greatest insight…and the greatest peace of mind.

To assess and monitor the health of your baby, The UNC Fetal Care Center offers state-of-art prenatal evaluation, fetal diagnosis and treatment services to provide an early assessment and accurate diagnosis of your baby’s health. Once a diagnosis has been established, an evidence-based treatment plan, optimal for both baby and mother can be determined. Our supportive staff is available to answer any questions and is there to help you make well-informed decisions regarding your treatment plan and options.


Photo of babyTreatment before birth results in optimal outcomes.

Once a diagnosis is confirmed, the UNC Fetal Care Center works with your obstetrician to discuss options, and to develop a treatment plan which addresses the best possible outcomes for the health of both baby and mother during pregnancy, delivery and beyond birth.

Our maternal-fetal care team is available to answer any questions you may have regarding the diagnosis and treatment options, risks and potential long-term outcomes of treatment options. We work diligently to provide information to help you understand your baby’s diagnosis and the treatment options available.  Our multidisciplinary maternal-fetal team offers a variety of treatment options, including prenatal management, drug therapy, preventive therapies, and fetal surgery, if necessary.

The Fetal Care team will collaborate with you to choose the course of treatment that is right for you, your baby and your family. Our team includes genetic counselors, Licensed Social Workers, and other support staff to assist you with the decision-making process. We aim to provide you with the information and support you need to make confident, educated decisions about choosing a treatment plan that is right for you.

The UNC Fetal Care Center physicians are experts in fetal surgery and the treatment of conditions that were once considered life-threatening or only treatable after birth. With advancement in tools, our expert surgeons can treat some conditions with minimally invasive techniques but are also specialized in Open Fetal Surgery for more complex conditions which require surgery.



Reasons families choose the UNC Fetal Care Center:

  • Unparalleled Capabilities:
    We offer extensive options for diagnosis, along with the expertise to treat conditions affecting your unborn child.
  • We’re There For You:
    With a  24/7 care model, the UNC Fetal Care Program providers are prepared to perform emergency surgeries or procedures, if needed, to give your baby the highest quality of care day or night.
  • We Keep Families Close:
    The UNC Fetal Care Program prioritizes keeping families close with our NCCC right down the hall from Labor and Delivery.
  • State-of-the-art Diagnostic:
    With some of the most advanced fetal MRI capabilities in the country, we provide you with the full picture of your baby’s condition. Our team improves outcomes by assessing for potential brain abnormalities with fetal MRIs before considering treatment options.
  • Comprehensive Genetic Screening and Testing:
    From carrier screens to diagnostic tests like amniocentesis, we offer the complete range of prenatal genetic screening and testing to help parents understand and plan for inheritable conditions.
  • Advancing the Field of Maternal Fetal Medicine:
    Through our ongoing research, we’re innovating fetal interventions and offering the most advanced fetal treatments.



The UNC Fetal Care Center is a member of The North American Fetal Therapy Network (NAFTNet). The primary goal of NAFTNet is to provide an umbrella organization to assist the various medical centers that practice fetal medicine, to promote cooperation among these centers and to foster research in the field of fetal therapy.