Children's Hospital Colorado
Colorado Fetal Care Center

Colorado Fetal Care Center

Pioneering treatments to save lives and lifetimes.

Colorado Fetal Care Center

We believe you and your baby deserve the best possible care. That’s why we’re pioneering procedures and offering personalized treatments for every family entrusted to our care.

Advanced fetal treatment and surgery

6:1 Multidisciplinary Experts per Patient
ALL Fetal Conditions Treated
1200+ Fetal Surgeries Performed

The Colorado Fetal Care Center (CFCC) offers comprehensive fetal and maternal care for women facing a pregnancy with a known fetal anomaly. We treat the breadth of fetal conditions, from twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) and congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) to gastroschisis and myelomeningocele (MMC) repair (spina bifida repair).

Our team of top fetal surgeons, physicians and experts in maternal fetal medicine, fetal surgery and pediatric subspecialties are part of a partnership between Children’s Hospital Colorado, University of Colorado Hospital and University of Colorado School of Medicine.

The Colorado Fetal Care Center fetal care specialists provide obstetric and pediatric subspecialty consultation and a full spectrum of prenatal imaging, diagnostic capabilities and fetal treatment – from shunts and open fetal surgery, to fetoscopic surgery and Ex Utero Intrapartum Treatment (EXIT) procedures. The fetal care specialists team is led by fetal surgeon and CFCC Director Dr. Timothy Crombleholme, who pioneered the first-ever EXIT procedure, which has helped the Center achieve some of the best outcomes for fetal conditions in the nation.

Why choose the Colorado Fetal Care Center?

Dr. Crombleholme looks at an ultrasound while in surgery.

For women and families facing a fetal anomaly, the Colorado Fetal Care Center offers every fetal intervention procedure currently available, at one of the few comprehensive maternal and fetal care programs in the world.

This makes the Colorado Fetal Care Center a national referral center for patients with the most complex or high-risk pregnancies.

Our fetal surgery team includes fetal and pediatric surgeons, maternal fetal medicine specialists, fetal and obstetric anesthesiologists, fetal cardiologists, Level III obstetrical nurses and an operating room fetal nursing team. This team has a dedicated facility at Children’s Hospital Colorado, which is equipped with state-of-the-art imaging and fetal surgery resources, and a specifically designed fetal surgery suite.

We offer:

  • Fetoscopic surgery
  • Open fetal surgery
  • EXIT procedures
  • Advanced fetal imaging
  • Fetal diagnostic techniques
  • Ultrasound guided procedures

The maternal fetal care unit located at Children’s Colorado includes:

  • 12 labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum rooms fully equipped for maternal and newborn care
  • A cesarean section operating suite
  • A fetal surgery suite (for open fetal surgery, fetoscopic procedures and EXIT procedures)
  • Infant stabilization rooms

See an overview of our services, capabilities and outcomes

Comprehensive care for the most complex conditions

Infographic that says 93% CDH survival rate excluding congenital heart disease and ECMO.
Infographic that says Heart Defect Detection as early as 14 weeks gestation.
Infographic that says 34 weeks average delivery age in utero MMC repair.

Children's Colorado in the news

Arvada Press

Castle Rock Couple Recount Newborn’s Tough Road

Debbie and Jennifer Stevenson are grateful to the Colorado Fetal Care Center (CFCC) and the care they received for their son, Eli, who was diagnosed with congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH).

The Denver Post

Colorado Fetal Care Center Reunion

The Colorado Fetal Care Center hosted a reunion for several families who have benefitted from their care for conditions including pre- and postnatal intervention for Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome, spina bifida and congenital diaphragmatic hernia.


Home From Hospital, Twins Spending First Christmas Together

For parents Charise and Mike Walters, this Christmas is one they will always treasure. Twins, Tommy and Emily were born last year, six weeks early; Tommy went home for Christmas, but Emily did not. She was born with congenital diaphragmatic hernia and was given only about a 20 percent chance of survival. She beat the odds and today, both Tommy and Emily are doing well, and will spend their first Christmas together.

Stapleton Front Porch

Children’s Colorado a Top Hospital to Treat Twin-to-Twin Fetal Disease

The expert care team at the Colorado Fetal Care Center helped save identical twins Ciela and Mila, whose parents live in Denver’s Lowry neighborhood. The girls developed twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome while in utero, but today they have no evidence of any complications during pregnancy.