More than a dozen pediatric medical and surgical subspecialty programs are involved in the provision of state-of-the art, compassionate, and coordinated care during the prenatal, perinatal, and postnatal phases. This unique collaboration of experts helps ensure the best possible care for mother and baby. Your team may include the following specialties:
- Cardiovascular Surgery
- Craniofacial Surgery
- Development Specialists
- General Surgery
- Medical Genetics
- Infectious Disease Specialists
- Lactation Support
- Maternity Nurses
- Neonatology Nurses
- Nursing Care Coordinators
- Orthopaedic Surgery
- Otolaryngology (ENT)
- Palliative Care
- Psychosocial Counselors
Benefits of Early Diagnosis
Major advances in medicine, genetic testing, and diagnostic modalities allow us to diagnose and treat fetal conditions like never before. Our highly-skilled pediatric subspecialists oversee a full range of diagnostic services for mothers with high-risk pregnancies. Diagnostic tests may include a fetal ultrasound, fetal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), fetal echocardiogram (fetal eco), or genetic testing.
- A family history of a child with a congenital abnormality or genetic disorder
- Indications of risks identified through genetic testing
- Health conditions which may affect the fetus
- Abnormal prenatal screening or chromosome analysis
- Suspected fetal structural abnormalities
Coordination Of Delivery
We provide in-depth prenatal consultation and carefully coordinated newborn care during the critical period surrounding delivery. Many patients deliver and continue care in their local community hospital, with follow-up from a Children’s Hospital specialist after birth.
At Delivery Care & Transport
When appropriate, specialists from the Children’s Hospital Fetal Medicine team are present for the delivery and transport of your child. Children’s Hospital is home to the East Bay’s level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
If your baby requires surgery or intensive care after delivery, our highly skilled Critical Care Transport Team will facilitate transport to Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland.
Routine follow-up care appointments are coordinated by parents and their pediatrician.