Welcome to the Institute for Fetal Health

The Institute for Fetal Health provides comprehensive pre-birth counseling and pediatric care planning for pregnant women carrying babies with medical problems. We are here to empower families to understand their baby’s diagnosis, prepare for the birth, learn what to expect after birth and provide the specialized follow-up care needed for all babies, regardless of where they are born.

As the regional leader in fetal and pediatric care, we are one of the only Chicago-area programs that provide comprehensive fetal health services, including:

Lurie Children’s experts develop personalized treatment plans with pregnant women and families based on each individual prenatal diagnosis. Our specialists perform more than 1800 consultations each year for all types of fetal disorders, rare and common, with expectant parents from around the country.

When the Montoya family first came to Lurie Children’s, they had just been told their unborn child had a diaphragmatic hernia and would need surgery after she was born. Watch the video below to see how our specialists worked with the Montoyas to ease their fears and create a plan of care.

Contact Us

Our fetal health services are available by caregiver referral or self-referral by calling our coordinator at 312.227.4747, e-mailing fetalhealth@luriechildrens.org or completing our online form.

Anyone can access our services, whether you plan to transfer your newborn to Lurie Children’s for care, or you simply want information or a second opinion. 

Baby Care Connect

Baby Care Connect allows moms who are recovering after childbirth to have a video visit with their infants in our NICU and CCU. Using iPads with a secure Polycom app, you can participate in family-centered rounds and discussions with the care team, while also visiting with your child. 

Baby Care Connect is currently available at Prentice Women’s Hospital, the Regenstein CCU, Mercy Hospital & Medical Center, Silver Cross Hospital, Swedish Covenant Hospital, and West Suburban Medical Center.

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