Advanced Fetal Care

The waiting room at MUSC's Advance Fetal Care Center.

Take a Tour

Dr. Barbara Head gives a tour of the only fetal center in South Carolina for families who learn of a fetal anomaly with their unborn child.
  • Advance Fetal Care

  • Labor & Delivery

  • Neonatal Intensive Care

  • Cardiac Intensive Care

Learning that your baby has been diagnosed with a birth defect can be overwhelming. The MUSC Advanced Fetal Care Center is here for you and your family. The Advanced Fetal Care Center is not only a regional referral center but is also a national leader in the care of pregnancies complicated by a prenatal diagnosis that requires treatment during pregnancy or after delivery. Our team is committed to optimizing the outcome of mothers and their babies in a family-centered environment.

Why Choose Our Advanced Fetal Care Center?

No parent ever expects to hear that there is a potential problem with their unborn child. However, approximately 2 to 3% of pregnancies in the United States are affected by a birth defect regardless of the health of the mother or family history.

Our team of maternal fetal medicine and pediatric specialists at the Advanced Fetal Care Center work with families to accurately diagnose fetal anomalies, treat those pregnancies in which antenatal therapies are effective and treat the newborn. The Advanced Fetal Care Center is a multi-disciplinary group of providers that meet with families before the birth of their newborn and help with coordination of the specialized care that their baby will need before and after birth. In a shared decision-making model, our team works with families to ensure the best outcomes for both mothers and their newborns. serves as a portal of entry for families into well-coordinated, specialized care at MUSC Health.

The MUSC Women’s Health Obstetrics & Gynecology program nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals survey.

MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital has the only Level IV NICU in the southeast region and this program is nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospital survey. We are the only pediatric cardiac surgery center in South Carolina and our pediatric cardiology and cardiac surgery program is ranked among the best in the country by U.S. News and World Report’s Best Children’s Hospital survey. Our ECMO (heart/lung bypass) team is a recipient of the coveted ESLO accreditation and is the only pediatric ECMO program in South Carolina. And MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital joins 40 other children’s hospitals nationally and only six other pediatric hospitals in the southeast to be verified as a Level 1 Children’s Surgery Center by the American College of Surgeons Verification Quality Improvement Program.

Personalized Care Coordination

Advanced Fetal Care Center Navigator

The Advanced Fetal Care team is ready to meet with you, answer your questions and provide compassionate support so that your family can make the best-informed decisions. Once we receive the completed referral form (PDF) from your physician, one of the clinical staff will call you to schedule your appointments.

What to Expect

Checking in: When you arrive at the new Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital located in Historic Downtown Charleston, you will be greeted by one of our friendly front-desk registration staff. Someone from the nursing staff will be right out to welcome you.

Imaging: Families are looking for the most accurate diagnosis to help them prepare for the possible challenges ahead. At MUSC we have a wide variety of diagnostic imaging including echocardiograms, Level I High Resolution Ultrasounds and Fetal MRI’s. Our highly skilled perinatal sonographers, echo sonographers and MRI techs utilize advanced level imaging technology to assist your team in proving an accurate diagnosis for you and your family.

A dedicated fetal care navigator works with you to schedule appointments, coordinate care with all specialists needed, organizes hospital tours, streamlines communication and support and provides a direct point of contact for pregnant mothers and families.

Consultation: At our AFCC we believe in a team approach. Depending on your specific needs, the appropriate team of specialists will meet with you as a group directly after your imaging. The multidisciplinary approach allows each specialist to share their knowledge, suggestions and plan of care in a patient-centered team meeting where you are the most important part of the team.

For Patient and Physician Inquiries

You may have your physician fill out our referral form (PDF).

The clinical coordinator will ask that your prenatal records be faxed to 843-792-9373.

Contact Information

Phone: 843-985-1084


MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital

Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital + Pearl Tourville Women's Pavilion

10 McClennan Banks Drive

Charleston, SC 29425

Main: 843-792-2300