The Chicago Institute for Fetal Health

The Chicago 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 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.

Why Choose Us

For more than 40 years, our physicians have been leaders in research and counseling for pregnant mothers. Today, using a multidisciplinary approach, the institute works closely with parents, the local obstetrical care team and the family pediatrician to plan the best care following delivery.

Expertise & Experience 

The Fetal Health Advisory Group is made up of specialists from several of our U.S. News & World Report-ranked divisions. The group meets on a weekly basis to review care plans for the patients we meet during our consultations, each giving their expert input into your baby’s care plan. 

Your baby will benefit from the variety of experts and the complicated procedures they perform daily. For example, newborns with major heart and/or lung problems can receive lifesaving treatment in our ECMO program, which is the first and largest in the city. Lurie Children’s is also a leader in minimally invasive surgery for congenital anomalies of the abdomen and the chest. Each year our Heart Center performs more than 900 fetal echocardiograms and 400 open and closed heart surgeries, with outcomes among the best in the nation.

Many of our specialists are also actively engaged in research to advance patient care. Lurie Children’s continues to pioneer advancements and improvements in the diagnosis and care of children with birth defects. We do more research and receive more funding for pediatric research than any other center in the Midwest.

Comprehensive Approach 

We have a long history of working closely with regional obstetricians and MFM specialists to assure the best care for newborns. We believe in family-centered care, so we encourage the baby’s family to take an active part in doctor visits and decision-making.

Families may meet with multiple pediatric specialists who will be part of their baby’s medical team for a fetal consultation. Our neonatologists, pediatric surgeons and pediatric subspecialists care for sick babies with complex medical needs by working together to create comprehensive plans.

Meet the Team

Conditions We Treat

Our pediatric specialists care for mothers whose unborn children have various fetal conditions.

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Contact Us

Our fetal health services are available by caregiver referral or self-referral by calling 1.866.338.2524 (1.866.FETAL24) or by e-mailing

We are happy to assist, whether you plan to transfer your newborn to Lurie Children’s for care, or you simply want information or a second opinion. 


Your support is vital in helping us continue to make a difference in the lives of patients and families. Lurie Children’s relies on philanthropic funding to enhance its programs, services and research for children. To learn more, please e-mail the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation at or call 312.227.7500.