Akron Children's D. Gary Benfield, MD, Fetal Care Center provides 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. Read More...
For expectant parents, pregnancy is a busy time filled with expectations and planning. All that changes when a birth defect is suspected, and pregnancy can take a much different path. There are specialists to see, information to gather and care plans to prepare.
The Fetal Treatment Center offers comprehensive services and fully coordinated care for parents referred to our center throughout pregnancy, delivery, neonatal and ongoing pediatric care. Services include:
Making a diagnosis: Our maternal fetal medicine specialists work with reproductive geneticists, genetic counselors and other fetal specialists to establish or confirm a suspected condition. Our team uses high-resolution fetal ultrasound and other prenatal tests, as well as information about family history, to help describe specific syndromes and causes of birth defects.
Genetic counseling and education: Our genetic counselors explain the prenatal tests and treatment options available to help families make the best decision for their baby’s care. We provide educational and support resources for each stage of pregnancy – from diagnosis to delivery and beyond into pediatric care.
Coordinated Care: Our case manager is the central contact for families and creates a personalized care plan for each mother and baby based on recommendations from the care team. Our case manager will coordinate appointments with the fetal care team and any pediatric specialists needed to ensure ongoing care after birth.
Team approach to care: Our staff includes a maternal fetal medicine specialist, geneticist, neonatologist, genetic counselor and nurse case manager. Depending on the diagnosis, our care team may also include pediatric specialists from cardiology, surgery, neurology, neurosurgery, urology, nephrology, orthopedics, palliative care and other specialties. All team members will explain any findings and postnatal treatment, as well as answer any questions parents may have for now and into the future.
When you are referred to the fetal treatment center, your visit will begin with a high-resolution ultrasound performed by one of our maternal fetal medicine specialists. The specialist and a genetic counselor will review the ultrasound findings with you and answer your questions. These questions often include:
We will also take your pregnancy and family history, and explain available prenatal and genetic testing options. Some of the tests and treatments we offer include:
Our goal is to create an evidence-based plan of care and arrange consultations with the pediatric specialists needed to provide the best outcome for you and your baby.
Our convenient Fetal Treatment Clinic Day for complex cases is set up to meet the individual needs of expectant parents referred for care. In a single visit to our center, you will meet with our multidisciplinary team of specialists and speak with the doctors who will care for your baby after birth. Following these meetings, we will distribute your care plan to the obstetricians, labor and delivery staff, neonatologists and pediatricians who will provide ongoing care for both mother and baby. Our staff will guide you through any follow-up ultrasounds and/or consultations, provide tours of our facilities and do everything we can to help you prepare for your baby’s delivery and specialized care after birth.
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