MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) rolled out the Fetal Care Program, adding to its more than 50 specialty clinical services for children and families.
The Fetal Care Program aims to provide the highest quality specialty care for families whose babies are diagnosed with a prenatal fetal abnormality. The program was established in 2013 by Cassandra Kelleher, MD, surgical and medical director of the Fetal Care Program, and Anjali Kaimal, MD, MAS, obstetrical director of Fetal Care Program.
If prenatal testing detects an issue that could affect a baby’s health, specialists from the Fetal Care Program create a coordinated care plan that provides support, monitoring and interventions for women and families before and after the baby’s birth. Depending on the particular diagnosis, the baby will receive expert care by the many subspecialties.
Specialty pediatric care can include Obstetrics; Maternal Fetal Medicine; Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery; Neurosurgery; Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic; Urology, Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery; Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery; Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery; Neonatology; Cardiology; Orthopaedics; Radiology; Social Work; Palliative Care; Genetics and Genetic Counselors.
The doctors, nurses, genetic counselors and social workers in this program understand the fear and uncertainty that can come with a prenatal diagnosis of a fetal abnormality. Counseling, education and emotional support are integral components of their approach to care. The mission of the program is to provide the highest quality of care in a supportive, friendly and timely fashion. An experienced nurse coordinator, Karen Parsons, RN, BSN, helps families navigate their care by scheduling appointments with specialists, arranging tests and guiding families throughout their experience at MGHfC and with the Fetal Care Program.
To refer a patient to the Fetal Care Program, please call 857-238-CARE (2273) or visit www.massgeneralforchildren.org/fetal-care.