Fetal Medicine Services

Fetal Medicine Services: The Northern regions work closely together to provide as much specialist care as close to your home as possible, with referral for more specialist opinions and treatments when it is absolutely necessary.

Fetal Medicine services across the North East and North Cumbria are provided by small teams of closely connected doctors, midwives and other specialists in the management of unborn babies who are at higher risk of complications.

All maternity services in the North East and North Cumbria are able to offer fetal medicine care, provided by fetal medicine doctors who are obstetricians with additional training in the management of babies with health complications, such as smaller than usual or suspected abnormalities.

There are two hospitals in the area offering more specialist diagnostic services such as amniocentesis (sampling the fluid around the baby to assess the baby’s chromosomes) and chorionic villus biopsy (sampling the placenta): these are the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle and James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, where there are fetal medicine subspecialist doctors.

The Fetal Medicine Centre at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle is able to provide further specialised care and treatments for babies who might need transfusions in the womb, or placing of shunts into the baby’s bladder or chest. Care of newborn babies who will need complex surgery when they are born, are seen by the specialist paediatricians alongside the fetal medicine team.