Trusted Care for Fetal Conditions in Northern California
The vast majority of pregnancies lead to the birth of healthy baby, but sometimes, babies develop birth defects or other fetal conditions that affect their ability to thrive. At Dignity Health North State, our obstetricians diagnose some of these problems before the baby is born, such as during a prenatal ultrasound. In some cases, diagnosis happens after the baby is born.
When a baby has a serious health condition, prompt treatment can be lifesaving and may help avoid immediate and long-term complications. That’s why it is vital to start your maternity care at Dignity Health North State. We have highly skilled doctors and nurses with special training in treating fetal conditions in Northern California.
For expert prenatal diagnosis and newborn care, make an appointment with a maternal-fetal medicine or neonatal specialist through our Find a Doctor tool. We consider it a privilege to care for you and your baby at all of our hospitals, including:
- Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta
- Mercy Medical Center Redding, which also has our NICU
- St. Elizabeth Community Hospital
Fetal Conditions We Diagnose at Dignity Health North State
Some fetal conditions are caused by maternal factors or conditions, such as infections, drug use, or exposure to environmental toxins. Other conditions are caused by genetic defects, which can be inherited. Genetic counseling can help couples understand the risk of certain genetic conditions.
Our specialists have expertise treating a range of fetal conditions, such as:
- Cardiovascular conditions, including congenital heart defects
- Cerebral palsy
- Cystic fibrosis
- Cleft lip and palate
- Congenital diaphragmatic hernia
- Fetal alcohol syndrome
- Infectious complications, such as from Zika virus
- Muscular dystrophy
- Neurological abnormalities, including neural tube defects and spina bifida
- Orthopedic abnormalities
- Sickle cell anemia
Treatment of Fetal Conditions in Northern California
Your doctor will evaluate your and your baby’s health throughout your pregnancy and after your baby is born. If your doctor suspects a problem, prenatal testing and other tests will confirm the diagnosis and treatment begins immediately.
Your treatment options may include medication, fetal surgery, or other medical interventions, some of which can involve lifelong health care for your child. For premature births and conditions in which your baby is seriously ill, we are prepared with neonatal experts and surgeons at Mercy Medical Center NICU in Redding. In every case, your doctor will help you understand your child’s condition and coordinate any necessary care.
Talk to your doctor for more information about prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of fetal conditions in Northern California.
Dignity Health North State offers a warm, welcoming environment and family-centered care for fetal conditions in Mt. Shasta, Red Bluff, and Redding, CA.