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D. Gary Benfield, MD, Fetal Treatment Center

If your unborn child has a suspected or confirmed medical condition or birth defect, we provide seamless, coordinated care throughout your pregnancy and delivery, as well as ongoing care for your baby after he or she is born.

Specialized care.

Pregnancy is a busy time filled with expectations and planning. But when a birth defect is suspected, pregnancy can take a much different path. There are specialists to see, information to gather and care plans to prepare.

We provide preconception care, prenatal diagnosis, reproductive genetics and prenatal treatment for the mother carrying a fetus with a potential or confirmed genetic condition or birth defect.

Our maternal fetal medicine specialists work with reproductive geneticists, genetic counselors and other fetal specialists to establish or confirm a suspected condition. We use high-resolution fetal ultrasound and other prenatal tests, as well as information about family history, to help identify specific syndromes and causes of birth defects.

Our genetic counselors explain the prenatal tests and treatment options available to help you make the best decision for your baby's care. We provide educational and support resources for each stage of pregnancy - from diagnosis to delivery and beyond into pediatric care.

Our nurse case manager is your central contact and creates a personalized care plan for you and baby based on recommendations from our care team. She coordinates appointments with the fetal care team and any pediatric specialists needed to ensure ongoing care after birth.

Team approach to care.

Our team includes maternal fetal medicine specialists, geneticists, neonatologists, genetic counselors and nurse case manager. Depending on the diagnosis, your fetal care team may also include pediatric specialists from cardiology, surgery, neurology, neurosurgery, urology, nephrology, orthopedics, and palliative care. 

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Fetal Treatment Center
Akron Children's Hospital Fetal Treatment Center
Considine Professional Building
215 West Bowery Street
Suite 5500
Akron, Ohio 44308
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Our Doctors/Providers

Department Heads:
Melissa Mancuso
Melissa Mancuso, MD, FACOG, FACMGG

Chair, Maternal-Fetal Medicine; Director, Fetal Treatment Center, Maternal-Fetal Specialist, Medical Geneticist


Harriet Feick, MD

Associate Director, Fetal Treatment Center; Neonatologist

Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants:

Sue Nicholas, MSN, APRN-CNP

Certified Women's Health Nurse Practitioner

Some of the Conditions We Treat...

abdominal wall defects, achondroplasia, ambiguous genitalia, anomalies of cortical development, anomalous pulmonary veins, anorectal malformations, aortic stenosis, apert syndrome, arachnoid cyst, arterial tortuosity, arteriovenous malformations, atrial septal defect, atrioventricular canal, bicuspid aortic valve, birth defect, brachial cleft remnant, clubfoot, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, congenital diaphragmatic hernia, congenital heart disease, craniofacial anomalies, craniofacial microsomia, craniosynostosis, crouzon syndrome, crouzonodermoskeletal syndrome, dandy walker syndrome, double inlet left ventricle, down syndrome, ebstein's anomaly, eisenmenger syndrome, ellis-van creveid syndrome, encephalocele, hirschsprung's disease, hypoplastic left heart syndrome, interrupted aortic arch, intestinal malrotation, myelodysplasia, myelomeningocele, neural tube defects, neurofibromatosis, patent ductus arteriosus, spina bifida, tetralogy of fallot, total anomalous pulmonary venous return, umbilical hernia, ventricular septal defect