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    The best care for your new baby

    From BEFORE to AFTER our maternal fetal medicine experts work passionately to enabble the best outcomes–for mother and baby.

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    Surgery before or after birth

    No matter how challenging, our surgeons specialize in surgeries on very small children. Our pediatric heart surgeons are ranked among the top in the nation by U.S. News & World Report

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    Compassionate Care

    Outstanding medical minds and caring hearts. Each and every baby, and each and every family, matters deeply to our entire team.

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    A very glad day helping the most vulnerable

    Nothing makes us happier than the best outcome possible for every baby and every family.

The Advanced Fetal Care Center at MUSC Health

No parent wants to hear there's something unusual or different about his or her much-anticipated baby. If that should happen, though, baby and mother will be in excellent hands at MUSC Health's Advanced Fetal Care Center, designed specifically to guide pregnant women and their babies from diagnosis through postnatal care.

Bringing together some of the nation's finest minds in multidisciplinary teams to focus solely on helping each woman and baby, the center's mission is to provide comprehensive diagnosis, seamlessly coordinated care, and maternal-fetal treatment for pregnant women with a suspected or confirmed fetal congenital anomaly. 

Bridging the prenatal (before birth) and postnatal (after birth) care periods, the Advanced Fetal Care Center has been carefully and thoughtfully designed to serve as a portal of entry for these children into well-coordinated, specialized care at MUSC Children's Hospital, one of the top-ranked children's hospitals in South Carolina and the United States.

It begins while the child is still in the womb, continues through delivery and the first few months afterward, and extends through post-surgical follow-up and childhood.

For instance, if an expected child has a suspected heart defect that may require surgery, MUSC Health's experts in pediatric cardiology and pediatric surgery will join that baby's care team and work closely with mother and child for as long as there's a need. A special fetal care navigator will also join the team to serve as the mother's personal liaison, setting up all needed appointments and guiding her throughout the process.

 

Why Choose Our Advanced Fetal Care Center?

Finding out about a congenital anomaly can be worrying enough without trying to seek out the best specialists for the new baby and scheduling time separately with each one. Many times a parent won't even know which specialists are needed... and now they won't have to. Our center was designed to take care of that for new parents, allowing them to simply focus on working with a single, integrated medical care team to take the best possible steps forward for their new child. 

 
 
 

"Best Of" Integrated Care Model

By integrating the best of MUSC Health's Children's Hospital and Women's Health programs, our Advanced Fetal Care Center has been designed to deliver the highest quality of care and patient-centered experiences, including early pediatric sub-specialty evaluations, multidisciplinary treatment, personal counseling and support, and seamless care transitions from prenatal to postnatal life.

 

 
 

The Medical Expertise Your Baby Needs

Our medical expertise runs both deep and broad at MUSC Health. Conditions treated by our Advanced Fetal Care Center include chest abnormalities, cardiac defects, gastrointestinal disorders, renal and urological disorders, neurologic problems, fetal tumors, genetic abnormalities, and complications of multiple gestation pregnancies. (See a list of our center's most frequently diagnosed and treated conditions below.)

 

 
 

Personalized Fetal Care Coordination

A dedicated fetal care navigator schedules appointments, coordinates care with all specialists needed, organizes hospital tours, streamlines communication and support, and provides a direct point of contact for pregnant mothers and families.

 

 
 

Advanced Fetal Diagnostic Imaging

Our obstetric and cardiac sonographers are among the best in the field, able to detect and catch what others might not. Our advanced technologies include fetal echocardiography with 2D, color, and pulse Doppler; fetal MRIs, and obstetric imaging. 

 

 

 

Infants with congenital anomalies can require especially comprehensive medical care, often including specialized infant and pediatric intensive care units, surgery during the newborn period, and interdisciplinary teams with expertise in congenital anomalies. 

Meet our Advanced Fetal Care Center navigator; she'll be your liaison and guide throughout your pregnancy. And read about two of the first champions of the Advanced Fetal Care Center, Dr. Sinai Zyblewski and Dr. Gene Chang, who have each been instrumental in so many young children's lives across South Carolina.  

Our experience and expertise:

  • Designated Baby Friendly® hospital
    Including a Parent Advisory Board and nationally recognized pediatric subspecialty teams
  • Maternal Fetal Medicine
    (Medical and surgical management of high-risk pregnancies)
  • Fetal Care Coordination
    (Personal liaison guiding families through care and treatment)
  • Genetic Counseling 
    (Discussion of the chances of genetic disorders in a child)
  • Pediatric Cardiology and Fetal Heart Program
    (Children's heart care and treatment)
  • Pediatric Gastroenterology
    (Children's digestive care and treatment)
  • Pediatric Nephrology
    (Children's kidney care and treatment)
  • Pediatric Neurosurgery
    (Surgery on a child's nervous system, like the brain or spinal cord)
  • Pediatric Otolaryngology
    (Children's ear, nose, and throat care and treatment)
  • Pediatric Palliative Care
    (Relief from the symptoms and stress of illness)
  • Pediatric Surgery
    (Surgeons specializing in surgery on very small children, including fetuses)
  • Pediatric Urology
    (Children's urinary systems' care and treatment)
  • Child Life Services
    (Supporting children's emotional well-being in the hospital via play, education, and support)
  • Lactation Advice & Services
    (Expert breastfeeding assistance from board certified lactation consultants)
 

Frequently Asked Questions About Advanced Fetal Care

See our Advanced Fetal Care team's answers to questions often asked by families.

Also find out more:

 

Contact Us

We're located at the Medical University of South Carolina hospital in downtown Charleston:

Advanced Fetal Care Center
MUSC Health University Hospital
169 Ashley Avenue
Charleston, SC 29425
For patient and physician inquiries: 
Direct Phone: 843-792-4477
AFCC Fax: 843-792-9373