Becoming a Patient
Texas Children’s Fetal Center® is open 24/7, with physicians always available to take calls from referring doctors to discuss diagnoses and care plans.
Patients come to Texas Children’s Fetal Center from across the nation and around the world for evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of fetal abnormalities.
To be referred, ask your physician to fill out this online form or fax this form and all patient medical records, including labs, ultrasounds and demographic information, to 832-825-9403. The Fetal Center is open 24/7, with physicians always available to take calls from referring doctors to discuss diagnoses and care plans.
There is no charge for the initial review of records and ultrasounds, and most insurance companies cover second-opinion evaluations. Our staff will help you obtain necessary authorizations. If the doctor recommends fetal therapy, we will contact your insurance provider regarding coverage.
It is difficult to fully evaluate a patient without being seen directly in clinic. Most candidates for fetal therapy require an amniocentesis, fetal echocardiogram and fetal MRI to fully characterize the abnormality and to exclude other structural or chromosomal abnormalities. The decision to undergo fetal treatment is complex and a face-to-face consultation will usually be beneficial.
Traveling far from home can make medical treatment even more stressful, and that’s why every family coming to Texas Children's Fetal Center is paired with a nurse coordinator who’s highly trained in the needs of patients with fetal abnormalities. This not only guarantees patients and families a direct link to medical information, insight and explanation, but it provides them with a familiar face and support during visits. The coordinator is available to the family from the moment they walk in the door till treatment is complete.
For more information about traveling to Houston, call the Texas Children's Hospital Guest Services 4 Star Line at 832-824-7827. The line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to give you information on things such as rental car discounts and places to stay or eat.