A high-risk pregnancy is a difficult and emotional situation. To help make your treatment as smooth as possible, our collaborative team offers the resources to conduct all the necessary initial testing and provides a definitive diagnosis and counseling plan during one visit to the Cincinnati Children's Fetal Care Center.

Before you arrive, we evaluate what specialties need to be involved in your care and ensure that the appropriate staff is prepared when you arrive. Experts from many disciplines work together to provide you with a comprehensive evaluation that goes beyond medical tests to include:

  • Prenatal counseling
  • Meetings with counselors in genetics, social services, family support, maternal-fetal medicine, neonatology and pediatric surgery
  • Diagnosis-specific subspecialty consultations

At the end of the day, our team collectively determines your diagnosis and formulates a comprehensive treatment plan. You will participate in this evaluation meeting, receiving a thorough understanding of your and your baby’s condition before we discuss treatment options. The team’s nondirectional counseling ensures that you will have the knowledge to make a confident, well-informed decision about your treatment plan.

Prenatal Diagnostic Tools

High-risk pregnancies involve rare medical conditions not seen in a routine pregnancy. Detection of these conditions typically requires special knowledge, expertise, testing methods and equipment. An early and accurate diagnosis is vital to clarifying the plan of treatment for high-risk pregnancies and improving the outcome.

Specialists at the Fetal Care Center use a variety of high-tech tools to assess and diagnose fetal conditions. Some of the commonly used diagnostic tools include:

  • Targeted fetal ultrasound: This tool gives doctors detailed images of your baby without the need for invasive procedures.
  • Fetal echocardiogram: This high-resolution 3D and 4D ultrasound test can diagnose complex heart abnormalities.
  • Ultrafast fetal MRI: This sophisticated tool can help doctors identify structural abnormalities that older tests would miss.