The UW Health Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Center, a collaboration between UW Health and UnityPoint Health–Meriter, was created to support pregnant patients and their unborn babies with birth defects before, during and after birth.

Birth defects affect 1 in every 33 babies born in the United States. The relatively new field of fetal surgery allows for these birth defects to not only be diagnosed long before birth, but cutting-edge research has allowed for surgical treatment of many conditions before the baby is born.

Located at the UnityPoint Health–Meriter Center for Perinatal Care, the new Center includes maternal-fetal specialists, pediatric surgeons, neonatologists, and multiple pediatric sub-specialties, bringing them to the expectant family in one convenient appointment, according to Dr. Inna Lobeck, pediatric and fetal surgeon and director of UW Health Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Center and assistant professor of surgery at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.

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