The Maternal Fetal Center provides high quality and compassionate care to diagnose and treat maternal and fetal conditions that can impact a pregnancy. Our expert perinatologists and specially trained staff care for patients and families in an atmosphere of kindness, dignity and respect.

Patients benefit from direct access to neonatologists in our Regional Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and a variety of pediatric specialists who provide consultations and coordinate multidisciplinary care as needed for high-risk patients and unborn babies.

Our specialized perinatology services help ensure the most favorable outcome for the baby and the health of the mother.

Visit our Maternal Fetal Center website for additional information. We serve Fresno and surrounding areas.

Services available to mothers and babies include:

Preconception consultation and diagnostic testing services

  • diagnostic 3-D and 4-D sonograms
  • amniocentesis
  • chorionic villus sampling
  • fetal echocardiograms
  • fetal MRI
  • genetic counseling (with three clinical geneticists on staff, including one physician)
  • patient education
  • state maternal serum screening

High-risk pregnancy management

  • mother’s pre-existing health conditions (high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.)
  • multiple births
  • preterm labor
  • prior pregnancy loss
  • congenital anomalies
  • intrauterine procedures*
  • air and ground emergency transports of high-risk pregnancies when needed*
  • inpatient care of high-risk pregnancies when needed*
  • specialty consultations in advance and surgical care upon delivery

Postpartum neonatal care and treatment

  • air and ground emergency transport to our regional level III neonatal intensive care unit
  • high-risk infant follow-up
  • parent-to-parent support groups
  • over 40 pediatric specialties (pediatric general surgery, cardiac surgery, cardiology, neurology, orthopaedics, etc.)

*Maternal hospitalization and antepartum procedures at Saint Agnes Medical Center.

The Maternal Fetal Center works in tandem with obstetrical providers and birthing centers to optimize the health of the mothers and babies. Valley Children’s Hospital operates Level II satellite neonatal intensive care units at birthing centers in Merced, Fresno and Hanford, and is planning to expand our unit at Saint Agnes Medical Center to a community Level III NICU. This much-needed upgrade will allow more babies delivered at Saint Agnes who require a higher level of care to stay in the same hospital as their mothers. 

Our perinatologists regularly address medical challenges pregnant women may face and offer encouragement, education, and hope while caring for patients and families in an atmosphere of kindness, dignity and respect. No other program in Central California can provide the depth and breadth of services available through the Maternal Fetal Center at Valley Children’s Hospital.

Physician Referral Line: 

To schedule an appointment or to speak with the perinatologists please call The Maternal Fetal Center at

559-353-6700.  Our perinatologists are available 24/7 through the Children's Access Center at

866-353-KIDS (5437).

Maternal Fetal - Prenatal Diagnostic Physician Referral Form

The Maternal Fetal - Prenatal Diagnostic Physician Referral Form can be filled out on your computer and e-mailed to Children's Hospital, printed for your records, or saved to your own computer. 
To E-mail form: Selecting the "email" button in the upper right corner will prompt you to choose between "Desktop email" (email software program loaded on your computer such as Outlook) or "Internet email" (email program through the internet such as Yahoo). The Desktop option will create an e-mail for you with our address already in the send field and the referral form attached. Select "Send". If you choose the Internet option, it will prompt you to save the completed form. Open a new email page through your email provider and attach the form. Send to  
Very Important! We need the Patient Prenatal Records. If you have the electronic records you may email them to along with the referral or you can fax the records to (559) 353-6710.

To FAX form: Once you have filled out the form on your computer, select "Print". Fax the printed referral to (559) 353-6710.  
You can also keep using the Maternal Fetal - Prenatal Diagnostic Physician Referral Form as you always have. The electronic version of the form is simply meant to give you a more streamlined option. 
Please Note: Our referral team processes referrals during normal business hours (7:30 AM to 4:00 PM). If you need to speak to a specialist or have an urgent issue please call the Valley Children's Access center at (866) 353-KIDS (5437)
If you have any problems with the form please call us at (559) 353-6700 or 353-6633.