Fetal Care Center
We know the diagnosis of a high-risk pregnancy can feel overwhelming. A pregnancy complication or fetal abnormality can turn a time of joy into a time of uncertainty. Therefore, it is important you know one thing you can be certain on—you and your baby are in expert hands. The Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children's Hospital Fetal Care Center is here to guide you through your pregnancy journey with coordinated care between Spectrum Health Medical Group Maternal Fetal Medicine and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.
Our maternal fetal medicine experts collaborate extensively with renowned pediatric subspecialists at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. Should your baby require additional care following delivery, our maternal fetal medicine specialists work closely with our neonatologist team in the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the only level IV NICU in West Michigan and the largest NICU in the state of Michigan. Rest assured, you and your baby are our top priority from pregnancy through birth.
Why Choose Helen DeVos Children's Hospital Fetal Care Center?
When you work with us, you can expect:
- A personalized plan care for baby
Your care team is made up of a group of multidisciplinary experts who create a care plan unique to you - to make sure your baby has the specialized care he or she needs.
- A nurse navigator to guide you on your journey
You are not alone in your journey. Your nurse navigator acts as a single point of contact to help you navigate care and schedule appointments, to answer questions, and to connect you to other resources.
- The largest NICU in the state of Michigan
Our Gerber Foundation Neonatal Center offers the highest level NICU expertise and care A NICU team is part of every high-risk delivery at Butterworth Hospital so your baby receives advanced care moments after birth.
Navigating your first appointment
On your first visit, you’ll meet with our maternal fetal medicine specialists, who will perform an ultrasound and evaluate your baby’s individual needs. They will share testing results, explain the diagnosis and prognosis, and may recommend further testing or collaboration with pediatric subspecialists, depending on your baby’s needs.
You’ll also meet your nurse navigator, who will be your dedicated contact and resource throughout your pregnancy and the birth of your baby. If further testing or collaboration is required, your nurse navigator will help schedule appointments, answer questions, or connect you to other resources.
We use the latest technology to assure we have the most thorough and accurate information about you and your baby. At our fetal care center, we use state-of-the-art ultrasound with 3D and 4D advanced imaging capabilities. Our wide range of technology includes Omniview as well as 3D modeling and more. All of this information is then reviewed with the multispecialty team to develop your personalized plan.
Conditions we treat
Between our Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and Maternal Fetal Medicine team, our multi-disciplinary team have expertise in the following specialties:
Our West Michigan location keeps you close to your care team and your friends and family. If your family lives outside of West Michigan, we are proud to offer resources like the Renucci Hospitality House, which provides affordable, home-like accommodations.
An Example Fetal Care Center Team
It took a team of specialists to deliver Willow safely. At 4 days, she underwent surgery. Through everything, her parents see God’s blessings.
Ollie Lott beats the odds against a life-threatening condition with help from a surgery performed while he was still in the womb.
Alison Mastin's blood attacked her unborn baby in utero. With quick intervention, little Violet survived—and thrived.