Fetal Medicine Program
Learning your unborn baby has a birth defect can turn a time of joy into a period of uncertainty. It can help to know that you are not alone. The Fetal Medicine Program, now part of an alliance with Mount Sinai and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and its Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment (CFDT), is here to support you every step of the way. Together, we offer expert diagnostic services located at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.
Through this alliance, Mount Sinai is bringing the children of New York the leading expertise of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Since 1995, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has cared for more than 20,000 expectant parents from all 50 states and more than 60 countries. The team at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has performed more fetal surgeries than any other program, with pediatric and fetal surgeons who are recognized worldwide for their skill and excellent outcomes.
From the moment you contact the Fetal Medicine Program at Mount Sinai, our team works together to help you make the best decisions and follow the course that’s right for you and your baby. We tailor care for each family’s situation and are committed to providing the best outcome for both mother and baby.
Answers in One Day, in One Place
We plan your visit to the Fetal Medicine Program so that everything takes place in a single day. We are sensitive to the anxiety you may be feeling and want you to get the information you need as quickly as possible. We can help with arrangements and accommodations.
When you arrive at the Fetal Medicine Suite, our nurse coordinators will greet you, review your full medical history, and outline the plan for the day, which may include a tour of our facilities. We will perform and review your tests and you will have the opportunity to discuss the results with a multidisciplinary team of experts by the end of the day.
Since accurate diagnosis is essential to planning treatment, we perform advanced diagnostic tests to confirm your baby’s suspected condition.
Our expert team uses highly specialized imaging equipment and best-in-class imaging protocols developed by world leaders at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment. These standards ensure that we obtain the best images possible during each stage of pregnancy, allowing for earlier and more accurate diagnosis of fetal anomalies.
We perform all diagnostic testing at Mount Sinai. We arrange for these images to be read by specialized fetal radiologists at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in coordination with the Mount Sinai Maternal Fetal Medicine specialists, using televideo medicine.
Diagnostic tests may include:
- Ultrasound will be performed by a specially trained Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia fetal sonographer on site in the Mount Sinai Fetal Medicine Program suite. We will send detailed high-resolution fetal ultrasound images, both 3-D and 4-D, to the fetal radiologists at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for immediate interpretation.
- Fetal echocardiogram, a noninvasive imaging study, will be performed by specially trained pediatric cardiologists and dedicated sonographers at the Mount Sinai Fetal Heart Program, who conduct more than 2,400 of these noninvasive studies each year. We will send these cardiac images electronically to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Fetal Heart Program for additional consultation as needed.
- Ultrafast fetal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), a technique pioneered at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, may include 3-D MRI reconstruction. This test requires no sedation of the mother or fetus.
Our alliance with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia means that you will have access to expertise from two leading pediatric institutions. We work together, and with your family, to tailor care for your family’s individual situation and are committed to providing the best possible outcome.
Imaging results will be available within hours, and depending upon the diagnosis, you will meet with members of the team, including:
- Maternal-fetal medicine specialist
- Pediatric surgical or medical subspecialist with expertise in your baby’s diagnosis
- Nurse coordinator
- Relevant pediatric subspecialists that may include plastic surgeons, urologists, nephrologists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, orthopedists, or others.
We will explain our findings in detail, answer all of your questions, and outline treatment options, so that you have all the information you need to make the best decision for your family. Additionally, we provide specific education materials about the diagnosis.