The Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy at Wolfson Children's Hospital -- comprised of perinatologists, neonatologists, pediatricians, pediatric surgeons, pediatric subspecialists, radiologists, nurses and geneticists -- meets on a monthly basis to review complex prenatal cases that may require pediatric subspecialty care at delivery.
The center's approach is to plan for the coordination of intra-uterine and post-uterine care of mother and baby. This may involve more than one discipline, and often does.
Fetal therapy begins with comprehensive assessment of the patient, which may include some or all of the following:
- Diagnostic testing (utilizing ultrasound, fetal echocardiography and an MRI that is highly sensitized to fetal development and movement)
- Fetal assessment
- Prenatal counseling
- Support services
- Fetal surgery
- Newborn intensive care
- Postnatal care planning