The Colorado Fetal Care Center fetal care specialists provide obstetric and pediatric subspecialty consultation and a full spectrum of prenatal imaging, diagnostic capabilities and fetal treatment – from shunts and open fetal surgery, to fetoscopic surgery and Ex Utero Intrapartum Treatment (EXIT) procedures. The fetal care specialists team is led by fetal surgeon and CFCC Director Dr. Timothy Crombleholme, who pioneered the first-ever EXIT procedure, which has helped the Center achieve some of the best outcomes for fetal conditions in the nation.
Why choose the Colorado Fetal Care Center?
For women and families facing a fetal anomaly, the Colorado Fetal Care Center offers every fetal intervention procedure currently available, at one of the few comprehensive maternal and fetal care programs in the world.
This makes the Colorado Fetal Care Center a national referral center for patients with the most complex or high-risk pregnancies.
Our fetal surgery team includes fetal and pediatric surgeons, maternal fetal medicine specialists, fetal and obstetric anesthesiologists, fetal cardiologists, Level III obstetrical nurses and an operating room fetal nursing team. This team has a dedicated facility at Children’s Hospital Colorado, which is equipped with state-of-the-art imaging and fetal surgery resources, and a specifically designed fetal surgery suite.
Open fetal surgery
Advanced fetal imaging
Fetal diagnostic techniques
Ultrasound guided procedures
The maternal fetal care unit located at Children’s Colorado includes:
12 labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum rooms fully equipped for maternal and newborn care
A cesarean section operating suite
A fetal surgery suite (for open fetal surgery, fetoscopic procedures and EXIT procedures)
Infant stabilization rooms
Comprehensive care for the most complex conditions
The Colorado Fetal Care Center hosted a reunion for several families who have benefitted from their care for conditions including pre- and postnatal intervention for Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome, spina bifida and congenital diaphragmatic hernia.
For parents Charise and Mike Walters, this Christmas is one they will always treasure. Twins, Tommy and Emily were born last year, six weeks early; Tommy went home for Christmas, but Emily did not. She was born with congenital diaphragmatic hernia and was given only about a 20 percent chance of survival. She beat the odds and today, both Tommy and Emily are doing well, and will spend their first Christmas together.
The expert care team at the Colorado Fetal Care Center helped save identical twins Ciela and Mila, whose parents live in Denver’s Lowry neighborhood. The girls developed twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome while in utero, but today they have no evidence of any complications during pregnancy.
For one couple, the hope that fetal surgery offered their daughter was the reason they turned to fetal surgery at the Colorado Fetal Care Center. Today, little Emma has proven a tough survivor, with help and support from her parents and a fighting chance from the fetal care team at Children's Hospital Colorado.
The Colorado Fetal Care Center at Children’s Hospital Colorado conducted an historic fetal surgical intervention and delivery on a baby who would not have survived a traditional delivery, on November 6, 2012 in its new state-of-the-art delivery and fetal surgery suite in the hospital’s recently constructed East Tower. Five months later, baby Lake Hall has received the all clear from Dr. Timothy Crombleholme.
Children's Colorado officially opened its new 355,000-sq.-ft. East Tower on September 27, 2012. Timothy Crombleholme, MD, surgeon-in-chief and medical director of the Colorado Institute for Maternal and Fetal Health, conducted several media interviews, including one with Becker's Hospital Review.