The First and Only Comprehensive Program in Central Texas to Provide Care for Babies With Congenital Conditions Before, During, and After Birth

In partnership with Dell Children’s Medical Center, UT Health Austin announces the opening of the Comprehensive Fetal Care Center now located in the new Dell Children’s Specialty Pavilion

Reviewed by: Kenneth Moise, Jr., MD
Written by: Ashley Lawrence

On May 5th, the Comprehensive Fetal Care Center, a clinical partnership between UT Health Austin and Dell Children’s Medical Center, began seeing patients at the new Dell Children’s Specialty Pavilion that is attached to Dell Children’s Medical Center.

The Comprehensive Fetal Care Center offers diagnosis, treatment, and management of complex and rare fetal conditions, including fetal heart conditions, congenital diaphragmatic hernia, urinary tract conditions, twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome, and neural tube defects, such as spina bifida. Led by UT Health Austin fetal medicine specialist Kenneth Moise, Jr., MD, who serves as the Director of the Comprehensive Fetal Care Center and has developed fetal centers across the country, the team of experts provide comprehensive, family-centered care to ensure patients and their families receive the highest level of specialized care before, during, and after delivery.

“The Comprehensive Fetal Care Center specializes in the most complex fetal conditions,” says Dr. Moise. “The extensive experience and compassion of our care team will provide unparalleled care for mothers with high-risk pregnancies and fragile babies. We are thrilled to help launch and lead this comprehensive program.”

For pregnancies complicated by medical problems that are considered high-risk, the Comprehensive Fetal Care Center will collaborate with maternal-fetal medicine specialists from Ascension Seton and UT Health Austin to provide mothers with comprehensive care throughout their pregnancy. Maternal-fetal medicine specialists are highly specialized obstetrician-gynecologists who have completed an additional three years of training to become experts in high-risk pregnancies with diabetes, preterm labor, preeclampsia, and pre-existing maternal conditions.

Dr. Kenneth Moise, Jr. is joined by former patient Amber Cessac and her twin daughters, Noelle and Edwin, to cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony for theComprehensive Fetal Care Center.

Dr. Kenneth Moise, Jr. is joined by former patient Amber Cessac and her twin daughters, Noelle and Eden, to cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony for the Comprehensive Fetal Care Center.

In the upcoming months, Dell Children’s will open a Specialized Delivery Unit, an 11-bed labor and delivery unit that will provide comprehensive care to healthy mothers and their high-risk babies at the time of delivery. Through this addition, the Comprehensive Fetal Care Center will become the first and only comprehensive program in Central Texas that will provide care for babies with congenital conditions from start to finish, including care for the mother and baby during pregnancy, delivery of the baby, and care of the baby after birth, all in one place.

If pediatric surgery is needed after delivery, the surgery will be performed at the Dell Children’s Medical Center, a Level I Pediatric Surgery Center. The Dell Children’s surgical program is the only surgical program in the region that is certified by the American College of Surgeons (ASC). This designation is reserved for hospitals that meet the highest standards for surgical care, staffing, training, infrastructure, resources, quality improvement, safety, and data collection. This means babies born with complex congenital conditions who need surgical care have access to pediatric specialists and surgeons who are experts in treating congenital anomalies.

Families will also have access to the Dell Children’s Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), which has earned the highest designation possible for its ability to care for the most complex and critically ill infants of all gestational ages. The Dell Children’s NICU cares for neonates as they undergo treatment and recovery and is staffed by neonatologists, nurse practitioners, nurses, respiratory therapists, and more, who are specifically trained to care for premature and critically ill newborns. Parents can also stay connected to their baby in the NICU via NICVIEW, a webcam streaming system that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, allowing families to observe their infant in real time from any location.

Babies born with congenital heart diseases and defects will have access to the Pediatric Cardiac Care Unit (CCU) at Dell Children’s. The Pediatric CCU is a 24-bed inpatient unit that is dedicated to delivering comprehensive, multidisciplinary heart care and is staffed by pediatric cardiac critical care specialists, nurse practitioners, nurses, and more, who are specifically trained to treat heart diseases and defects in infants, children, adolescents, and adults diagnosed with congenital or acquired heart conditions.

“The Comprehensive Fetal Care Center is made possible through the clinical partnerships that exist between UT Health Austin, Dell Children’s Medical Center, and Ascension Seton, which has allowed us to bring together highly specialized providers from across multiple disciplines to execute a truly comprehensive, team-based system of care,” says Dr. Moise.

For more information about the Comprehensive Fetal Care Center or to schedule an appointment, visit here or call 1-512-324-0040.

About the Partnership Between UT Health Austin and Dell Children’s Medical Center

The collaboration between UT Health Austin and Dell Children’s Medical Center brings together medical professionals, medical school learners, and researchers who are all part of the integrated mission of transforming healthcare delivery and redesigning the academic health environment to better serve society. This collaboration allows highly specialized providers who are at the forefront of the latest research, diagnostic, and technological developments to build an integrated system of care that is a collaborative resource for clinicians and their patients.

About UT Health Austin

UT Health Austin is the clinical practice of the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin. We collaborate with our colleagues at the Dell Medical School and The University of Texas at Austin to utilize the latest research, diagnostic, and treatment techniques, allowing us to provide patients with an unparalleled quality of care. Our experienced healthcare professionals deliver personalized, whole-person care of uncompromising quality and treat each patient as an individual with unique circumstances, priorities, and beliefs. Working directly with you, your care team creates an individualized care plan to help you reach the goals that matter most to you — in the care room and beyond. For more information, call us at 1-833-UT-CARES or request an appointment here.