Children's Hospital Colorado

New Tower Opens for Colorado Institute for Maternal and Fetal Health

Children's Hospital Colorado | October 18, 2012
Nine professionals stand behind a ribbon, ready to cut, for the opening of the Colorado Institute for Maternal and Fetal Health tower at Children's Hospital Colorado.

Children's Hospital Colorado celebrated the opening of its branch of the Colorado Institute for Maternal and Fetal Health (CIMFH) with a ribbon cutting ceremony, a program that is poised to be one of the top maternal/fetal programs in the U.S.

A collaboration between Children's Colorado, University of Colorado Hospital and University of Colorado School of Medicine, the CIMFH offers mothers, babies and their families unparalleled multidisciplinary care and treatment before, during and after low- or high-risk pregnancies. In its new East Tower facility, the CIMFH will have:

  • Its own entrance/exit (separate from that of the main hospital)
  • 12 LDRP (labor, delivery and recovery and postpartum) rooms equipped for full maternal care, as well as care of the baby
  • One maternal operating room (for C-sections)
  • One fetal intervention suite (for fetal care, surgeries and related procedures)
  • Two infant stabilization rooms

With the NICU on the same floor, everything is designed to keep mother and baby in close proximity to one another.

Capabilities include

"The CIMFH offers high-risk expectant mothers and their newborns many services not only unique within the state of Colorado but also nationally and provides mothers and babies access to the full spectrum of fetal, obstetric and neonatal specialists and interventional capabilities," said Dr. Timothy Crombleholme, director of the Colorado Fetal Care Center and director of the CIMFH. "Enhanced by our partnership with the University of Colorado Hospital and University of Colorado School of Medicine, all of the different specialists involved in the care of our patients, including the mother's OB and child's pediatrician, can work together as an integrated team."

  • Prenatal and fetal diagnostic techniques
  • Fetoscopic surgery (for such conditions as Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome)
  • EXIT (ex utero intrapartum treatment) procedures in which doctors operate on the baby while the baby is still connected to the umbilical cord, cutting the cord only after the procedure's completion
  • Open-fetal procedures, which involve opening the womb, exposing only the part of the fetus to be operated on, then closing the womb and allowing the pregnancy to continue