Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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Fetal Center at Vanderbilt

More fetal surgery and treatment experience. Top ranking for 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.

Why Choose Children's Hospital?

  • 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. Children's Hospital and Vanderbilt University Medical Center collaborate in this way to provide you with the most comprehensive and convenient care. Visit our Vanderbilt Women's Health site to learn more about these services. 

Your Fetal Center visit may also include time with our experts from 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 have improved the plan of care and outcome for both patients.

Conditions we treat

Last Edited: April 25, 2017
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