Medical City Children’s Hospital Maternal Fetal Institute

The Maternal Fetal Care Program at Medical City Dallas

The Medical City Children's Hospital Maternal Fetal Institute meets the complex needs of expectant mothers whose babies have been diagnosed with congenital anomalies. The Maternal Fetal Institute provides the only labor and delivery program in North Texas with both a full-service children's hospital and adult hospital — including a Level IV NICU — in the same location. Mothers can recover with the peace of mind knowing that the region's leading pediatric hospital, Medical City Children's Hospital, is located on the same campus. A few of the congenital anomalies treated include:

  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Abdominal Wall Defects
  • Craniofacial and Neurological Defects
  • Most Neonatal conditions and congenital anomalies

The Medical City Children’s Hospital Maternal Fetal Institute provides a customized model of care for high-risk pregnancies and births, based on what is best for both mother and baby. Our approach includes:

  • Consultative care and advanced fetal diagnosis
  • Co-management of patients with referring physicians
  • Total transfer of obstetrical care if needed
  • Level IV NICU - the highest level of care

Mothers & Babies are Never Separated at Medical City Dallas

Mothers and babies are in great hands with our multidisciplinary team that includes the following:

  • Maternal Fetal Specialists
  • Board-Certified Obstetric Hospitalists
  • Pediatric Specialists
    • Neonatology
    • Cardiology
    • Nephrology
    • Urology
    • Genetics
    • Pediatric Surgery

Maternal Fetal Services at Medical City Dallas 

High-Risk Labor and Delivery/Antepartum Unit

We offer 24/7 Neonatologists and OB Hospitalists in-house, anesthesiologists dedicated to Labor and Delivery, a Maternal-Fetal Medicine physicians available 24/7. Last year more than 3100 babies were born at Medical City Dallas.

Maternal, Pediatric and Neonatal Transport Teams

The Medical City Children’s Hospital Maternal Fetal Institute is adept at handling both scheduled and emergency deliveries. Our maternal and pediatric teams stand ready to bring mother and child to our hospital through ground, helicopter, or airplane transport. The best place for a high-risk baby during pregnancy is the mother's belly. Our experienced maternal transport team, composed of labor and delivery nurses, provides the best chance of extending pregnancy while moving mom to a higher level of care.

Congenital Heart Surgery Unit (CHSU)

In 2011, the CHSU accommodated more than 400 children who underwent heart operationd. Cases ranged in complexity from palliation of hypoplastic left heart syndrome to closure of atrial and ventricular septal defects. The heart program's success has attracted referrals from across the country.

Fetal Intervention and Fetal Surgery

Of the approximately 4 million babies born in the United States each year, about 120,000 (3 percent) have a complex birth defect that can be treated or addressed through fetal intervention or fetal surgery. Maternal fetal specialists have long known that some birth defects could be successfully treated after birth. But as technology, fetal imaging and prenatal testing have improved over the past few decades, so too has our knowledge of fetal development and the benefits of performing surgery while the baby is still in utero.

The Fetal Intervention and Surgery program at Medical City Dallas provides leading-edge treatment for the most vulnerable patients suffering from congenital birth defects.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Medical City's Level IV neonatal intensive care unit is staffed 24 hours a day by board certified neonatologists, nurse practitioners and nurses with specialized NICU training. They're all prepared to care for medically fragile infants, including those who require cardiac surgery, neurosurgery or general surgery.

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

Our Level 1 PICU is capable of treating the most severely ill pediatric patients. With pediatric Intensivists in-house 24/7, services such as high-frequency oscillating ventilation or Extra-Corporeal Membranous Oxygenation (ECMO) are available at all times. Advanced telemedicine technology allows our intensivists to communicate with physicians, patients, and families at referring facilities with real-time video assessments.

Craniofacial Center

As the largest center of its kind in the world, our Craniofacial Center offers comprehensive multidisciplinary services, bringing together all the specialists needed to help children with even the most complex anomalies. The center has treated thousands of patients from all 50 states and more than 75 countries, performing more than 15,000 surgical procedures aimed at helping children better face the world.

Maternal Fetal Institute Contact Information

The Medical City Children’s Hospital Maternal Fetal Institute accepts all women with qualifying medical conditions. For more information before your child is born, contact our Maternal Fetal Institute Maternal Care Manager, Michele Charless with questions, or a referral at:

 (972) 566-2326


After delivery, please contact Maternal Fetal Institute Neonatal Care Coordinator, Jenine Davila at

 (972) 566-3287