Dr. William Schoeller, a cardiologist, is expected to perform the procedure at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
According to the Mayo Daily News, the procedure is part of an ongoing study that is looking at the effect of pregnancy on the developing fetus.
Dr. Schoellers research has focused on the effects of a mother’s diet on the fetus and brain, and he is also a member of the Mayo Brain Tissue Research Institute.
The procedure is being funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Dr. McBride said he is hopeful the procedure will provide a “quick and safe and relatively inexpensive way to treat pregnant women with abnormal brain function.”
He added, “I am hopeful that with this procedure, we can potentially restore the normal functioning of the brain and hopefully prevent some of the serious neurological damage that can be associated with pregnancy.”
The news comes less than two weeks after news broke that a Texas nurse who delivered a baby with a fetal brain defect was forced to resign.
The new report comes at a time when the number of people with fetal brain defects has risen dramatically, and many are still waiting for their families to be told of the diagnosis.
The condition affects between 2 to 10 percent of pregnant women, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
A report released earlier this year by the American Academy of Neurology warned that if the condition is not recognized and treated early, it could lead to serious health problems later in life.
The American Academy also noted that fetal brain damage has a long history in the U.S. and it was likely due to poor maternal care during pregnancy.
The study said that the prevalence of fetal brain disease in the United States is higher than in any other country.