Our Northside team is thrilled about the development and launch of our new Fetal Therapy Program. The program will treat unborn twins with twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS).
We’ve partnered with Texas Children’s Fetal Center, located within Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women in Houston. With this unique agreement, the Texas Children’s team will train some of our physicians on a procedure for TTTS. The syndrome affects about 10 to 15 percent of identical twin pregnancies with a shared placenta. Without treatment, one or both of the babies’ lives are at more than a 90 percent risk.
Currently, Georgia mothers who need this procedure must be transferred out of state during pregnancy because no doctors or hospitals in Georgia are equipped for the procedure.
“This new fetal therapy program is the next step in the evolution of our care at Northside and to enhancing the services we already provide to our mothers and babies,” said Dr. Kevin Gomez, Northside Hospital Center for Perinatal Medicine and Georgia Perinatal Consultants.
As a leader in maternity and newborn services, we are proud to soon be able to fill this critical need in our state. Northside Hospital in Atlanta delivers more babies than any other single hospital in the United States. Women with difficult or high-risk pregnancies often come here because we are so well-equipped to support them. This new program is an important expansion that allows us to offer even more to women and families in Georgia.
Our Atlanta-campus Women’s Center will be home to the Fetal Therapy Program. We hope to have the program operational by late summer 2018.