The Fetal Medicine Unit cares for women whose unborn babies are at risk of, or affected by, a serious abnormality.
We treat around 1000 women each year from across Luton, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire and we have a team of specialists with extensive experience in fetal medicine that diagnose, counsel and offer specialist tests or treatments (see list below) to pregnant women whose unborn babies are affected by serious conditions. We have the support of a dedicated specialist fetal medicine midwife and we work closely with fetal cardiologists, geneticists, neonatal consultants and paediatric surgeons at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).
We also monitor babies with growth restriction, multiple pregnancies (twins/triplets) and babies at risk of severe fetal anaemia. Some women have medical conditions that place their unborn baby at risk and we monitor these mothers very closely.
We hold regular meetings with the neonatal consultants and geneticists to discuss the optimal management of both mother and baby. When it comes to delivery, along with the neonatal team, we plan the best time, place and mode of delivery for the women we care for.
Indication for Referral
We accept verbal referrals from GPs via Bleep 188
Specialist services provided
Fetal Medicine clinics
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday Mornings
Tuesday and Wednesday Afternoons
Fetal Echocardiography clinic
One Wednesday afternoon a month (with visiting Consultant cardiologist from Great Ormond Street Hospital)
Although on the 19 July 2021 regulations around the use of facemasks / coverings and social distancing will change across the country, at Bedfordshire Hospitals all COVID infection prevention control measures currently in place will remain the same.
The Trust has decided it is currently not safe to lift all restrictions at our hospitals.
Everyone attending our sites will still be required to wear a facemask (unless medically exempt), adhere to social distancing and attend your appointments alone especially in our Emergency Departments and Outpatients (exclusions apply to our paediatric patients and those requiring carer support)
Visiting is now permitted on most of our adult inpatient wards in a controlled manner. Appointments need to be pre-booked with ward staff.
Full details about attending our hospitals and visiting is available here.