Fetal surgery for spina bifida is improving outcomes. The fetal surgeons at Cincinnati Children’s Fetal Care Center, who have extensive experience and innovative intervention therapies to help treat spina bifida in utero, recently shared this story of hope with the Foundation. 

In honor of World Spina Bifida Day, meet Fetal Care patients Jaxyn and his mom Michaela.

When Michaela was 20 weeks pregnant, she not only learned that she would be having a baby boy, she also learned that her baby had myelomeningocele (MMC), a severe form of spina bifida. Looking for answers, mom and dad visited the Fetal Care Center at Cincinnati Children’s. Michaela was deemed a good candidate for fetal MMC surgery, a delicate operation to close the hole in her son’s spine in-utero.

See how this procedure, coupled with follow-up care at Cincinnati Children’s Spina Bifida Center, has improved Jaxyn’s outcome.

Contact the Cincinnati Children’s Fetal Care Center for more information.


Learn more about Spina Bifida:

Cincinnati Children’s Reaches New Milestone for Improving Outcomes in Babies with Spina Bifida

Liam: Fetal Surgery for Myelomeningocele (MMC) Spina Bifida Repair