St. Louis Fetal Care Institute Accepted to North American Fetal Therapy Network (NAFTnet)

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The St. Louis Fetal Care Institute is now one of 28 medical centers in the United States and Canada to become a member of the North American Fetal Therapy Network (NAFTnet), which provides a system to foster collaborative research and develop fetal interventions to improve outcomes for babies diagnosed with fetal anomalies.

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This ability to collaborate with other centers around North America will give us the opportunity to provide better care and more options for our moms and babies. - Dr. Emanuel (Mike) Vlastos

“The advanced fetal care and treatment provided by centers such as ours is a relatively new area of medicine. This ability to collaborate with other centers around North America will give us the opportunity to provide better care and more options for our moms and babies,” says Dr. Emanuel (Mike) Vlastos, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist who serves as director of the St. Louis Fetal Care Institute.

All NAFTnet member centers have a multi-disciplinary team of medical specialists that perform advanced diagnosis of, and in-utero fetal procedures for, fetal anomalies. These teams include maternal-fetal medicine specialists, pediatric surgeons, geneticists, cardiologists, anesthesiologists, fetal imaging specialists and advanced nurses.

The knowledge gained through the research of these centers is used to improve treatment options for fetal anomalies, such as twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome, spina bifida (myelomeningocele), congenital diaphragmatic hernia and lung lesions.

NAFTnet currently hosts an international registry for in utero repair of spina bifda (myelomeningocele), serves as a sponsor of the International Fetal Cardiac Intervention Registry (IFCIR) and is co-sponsoring a study on the treatment of stage 1 twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome.

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About The St. Louis Fetal Care Institute
The St. Louis Fetal Care Institute is a partnership between SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, SSM St. Mary’s Health Center and Saint Louis University School of Medicine. Bringing together renowned maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) specialists, pediatric and fetal surgeons, specialized nurses, cutting-edge technology, and a family-oriented approach, The Institute offers state-of-the-art diagnostic methods and treatment options for families whose unborn babies are facing medical challenges. It is one of the leading comprehensive fetal care programs in the country offering a variety of fetal interventions and treatments, including open and minimally invasive fetal surgery for babies in the womb.

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