More fetal surgery experience. Top ranking for outcomes.
There is one place in the heart of Nashville where you can find comprehensive, compassionate support. Our internationally recognized experts provide superior fetal diagnosis and therapeutic measures. We consistently receive the highest ratings in patient feedback and surgery outcomes.
Contact the Fetal Center team
Call (615) 343-4673 or toll free at (877) 338-8786 for appointments, information or referrals.
For information about Fetal Repair of Spina Bifida call (615) 875-4500 or toll free at (877) 875-3737.
New hope for babies with spina bifida
A landmark study, co-led by experts at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, proves that babies who have surgery to repair spina bifida while still in the womb have better outcomes than babies who have surgery after birth.
Our surgeons are internationally recognized pioneers in caring for mothers and babies with fetal conditions.
Read about our Fetal Center team's recent journey to Brisbane, Australia, to help Mater Mother's Hospital perform that nation's first-ever fetal surgery to repair spina bifida.
More ground-breaking facts:
- Vanderbilt pioneered the fetal repair of spina bifida procedure in 1997.
- We have performed over 300 fetal repair surgeries.
- Kelly Bennett, M.D., is one of the most experienced doctors in the nation caring for high-risk pregnant mothers and babies born with birth defects or anomalies.
- We are one of 16 participating centers in the North American Fetal Therapy Network (NAFTNet).
Coordination of care
Visits with specialists are coordinated at a single site with Maternal Fetal Medicine, Pediatric Surgery, Neonatology, Pediatric Neurosurgery, Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatric Urology, Pediatric Plastic Surgery, Pediatric Otolaryngology, Genetics, and Diagnostic Imaging. Our experts work together to decide what is best for mom and baby. The advancement of fetal diagnosis and therapy has improved the plan of care and outcome of the fetus at risk.
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