Fetal Therapy Program

Dr. Erin Madriago (right), a pediatric cardiologist, uses advanced fetal echocardiography to diagnose heart problems in developing babies
Dr. Erin Madriago (right), a pediatric cardiologist, uses advanced fetal echocardiography to diagnose heart problems in developing babies.

The Fetal Therapy Program at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital offers the most advanced care between Seattle and San Francisco. We give you and your family the best possible care for defects and disorders found before birth.

You’ll find:

  • Team-based care from top experts in maternal, fetal and newborn medicine.
  • The latest tests for early, accurate diagnosis.
  • Advanced treatments, including minimally invasive procedures in the womb.
  • The region’s largest team of specialists in complex children’s conditions.
  • Support, counseling and resources throughout your pregnancy.

Conditions we treat

It’s hard to wait for answers about the health of your baby. That’s why our specialists will work together to evaluate your baby and provide information and care as soon as possible. We’ll work with you to create the right care plan for you and your family.

The most common conditions we see include:

  • Heart defects
  • Brain anomalies
  • Spina bifida and other neural tube defects
  • Abdominal wall defects
  • Chromosome and genetic disorders
  • Bone, muscle and joint problems
  • Organ and gastrointestinal anomalies
  • Tumors and other masses
  • Twin pregnancy complications
  • Fetal anemia (low levels of red blood cells)
  • Cleft palates
Stock photo of a health care provider giving an exam to a pregnant patient

Our excellence

U.S. News & World Report recognizes Doernbecher as a top children’s hospital in six specialties, including neonatology (newborn care).

Our fetal therapy team will give you and your baby first-rate care, including:

Unmatched expertise: We have Oregon’s largest and most experienced team of fetal specialists. Our team includes national experts in:

  • Maternal-fetal medicine
  • Genetics
  • Fetal imaging
  • Fetal heart care
  • Newborn intensive care

Extensive experience: We see about 350 pregnant women a year. We offer the most experience in the region for rare and complex fetal conditions.

Advanced technology and techniques: We offer the latest tests and minimally invasive procedures to diagnose and treat your baby in the womb.

Dr. Stephanie Dukhovny (left), a fetal-maternal medicine specialist, and nurse care coordinator Carrie Thomas, RN, have extensive experience caring for women and their unborn babies.
Dr. Stephanie Dukhovny (left), a maternal-fetal medicine specialist, and nurse care coordinator Carrie Thomas, RN, have extensive experience caring for women and their babies.

What to expect

Doctors usually see the first signs of a fetal condition during a routine ultrasound. But they often lack the expertise or technology to tell you exactly what’s wrong.

That’s where we come in. When you are referred to Doernbecher’s Fetal Therapy Program, we’ll tell you as much as we can, as soon as we can.

You can expect:

  • A call from a nurse within two to three days of your referral. The nurse will coordinate your care and answer your questions.
  • Your first tests and doctor visits all on one day.
  • Comprehensive lab and genetic testing services.
  • Time to talk with your care team about your diagnosis and what it means for you and your family.
  • Support during difficult decisions.
  • Support from the nurse coordinator throughout your pregnancy and delivery.
  • Advice on travel and where to stay if you live far away.
Stock photo of a health care provider talking to a pregnant patient

Learn more

For families

Call 503-346-0640 to:

  • Request an appointment.
  • Seek a second opinion.
  • Ask questions.

Location

Parking is free for patients and their visitors.

Doernbecher Children’s Hospital
700 S.W. Campus Drive
Portland, OR 97239
Map and directions

Jacob’s story

DCH Fetal Therapy patient Jacob Anderson V

Learn how the Fetal Therapy Program treated Jacob Anderson V and his mom after Jacob was diagnosed with a heart defect months before birth.

Stay informed

Blog: Find health and parenting tips, patient stories and more on Doernbecher’s Healthy Families blog.

News: Read about research breakthroughs, patient care and many other topics on the OHSU News site.