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Providing expectant families with peace of mind—and a plan

At the Fetal Care Center, we offer comprehensive care for babies with congenital conditions

The Fetal Care Center of Southern California

When you’re pregnant, you want the best for your baby. We know an unexpected diagnosis can be scary. At The Fetal Care Center of Southern California, we deal with the unexpected every day, and have helped many families make the best plan for their baby’s birth and medical care.

As a partnership between UCI Health and CHOC, The Fetal Care Center of Southern California brings together experts in maternal-fetal medicine and pediatrics, so both mom and baby are cared for—no matter the diagnosis. Our support for families starts in the fetal period and goes far beyond.

With You at Every Step: State-of-the-Art Fetal Care

We provide comprehensive fetal diagnosis, education and treatment plans to families facing congenital conditions. Once we’ve confirmed you or your baby’s diagnosis, we will counsel you on what to expect, prenatal interventions you may need, delivering your baby safely and the medical treatment your baby will receive afterward.

  • Our goal is to answer all of your questions and provide you and your family peace of mind.
  • Our team of specialists will meet with you to develop an individualized treatment plan. We offer specialists in maternal-fetal medicine, neonatology, pediatric general and thoracic surgery, cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery, neurosurgery and neurology, urology, ENT, genetics, orthopaedic surgery, plastic surgery and more.
  • All appointments will take place in one centralized location on the CHOC campus.
  • Your nurse coordinator will be your single point of contact and will coordinate all care for you and your baby.
  • Our team approach means we will work closely with your obstetrician (OB), perinatologist and delivery hospital for continuity of care.
  • We perform and engage in research to advance the care of mothers and babies facing complex anomalies.

Services at The Fetal Care Center of Southern California

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You may receive various tests to confirm your baby’s diagnosis. Based on that diagnosis, we’ll provide you with detailed education on your baby’s condition and connect you with all available resources.

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Once your baby’s diagnosis is confirmed our multidisciplinary team of physician specialist, nurse coordinators and genetic counselor are here to counsel you on what to expect during your pregnancy, delivery and after birth based on the specifics of your baby’s condition.

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Treatment and Planning
We offer fetal interventions such as amniocentesis, shunts, transfusions and other procedures. We will also work with you and your OB to develop the safest birth plan for you and your baby.

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Expert Care After Birth
CHOC and UCI together provide comprehensive treatment after birth, with the highest level of neonatal intensive care available (NICU) and access to experts in more than 30 pediatric specialties.

Conditions We Treat



From Prenatal Diagnosis to Thriving in Childhood

Damian smiling with lights and ornaments, celebrating 5 months of age

Baby born with ectopia cordis grows and prepares for multiple corrective surgeries by a large team of CHOC experts.

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Maternal-fetal care center

The multidisciplinary, expert fetal team from CHOC and UCI gives infants, like Damian with ectopia cordis, the best chance at survival.

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Lobby at the Fetal Care Center of Southern California

The Fetal Care Center of Southern California is the only fetal program in the region to be designated a member of NAFTNet.

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Having your baby receive a medical diagnosis during pregnancy can be scary. A CHOC expert helps families with their next steps for care.

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Tavik smiling at the camera while playing on a playground

Our son was diagnosed with CPAM (congenital cystic pulmonary malformation), and received treatment at CHOC. Today, we are so grateful our son is happy and healthy.

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CHOC patient Marco smiling with with food smeared on his face

When Meagan was about six months pregnant, the couple learned their baby Marco had a congenital heart defect.

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