Fetal Concerns Center in Milwaukee, Wis.
The Fetal Concerns Center of Wisconsin is a cooperative effort between Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. It is the only program of its type in Wisconsin.
The Fetal Concerns Center was developed to provide a complete range of care for women whose pregnancies are complicated by concerns of fetal abnormalities. Services available within the program include:
- Early education on prevention of birth defects
- Fetal diagnosis of birth defects
- Prenatal counseling regarding the specific diagnosis with the neonatologist, the maternal fetal specialist, and pediatric and surgical specialists
- Obstetrical management and delivery
- Neonatal management of infant
- Linking families to support services
Specialized Nurse Coordinator
Within the Fetal Concerns Center, all care is coordinated through a specially trained nurse coordinator. This individual arranges services and provides ongoing counseling and information, both prior to and immediately after the birth. Having a "familiar face" to turn to during this potentially traumatic time is intended to ease the process of adjustment for both the mother and family.
Preventing Birth Defects
The Fetal Concerns Center offers educational and counseling services to women of childbearing age, with a goal of maximizing the probability of a healthy pregnancy. This can include components such as folic acid education and toxic exposure in the home or workplace.
According to the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, there are 3,000 to 5,000 different types of birth defects. Every three and one-half minutes, a baby with birth defects is born. These children may be unable to walk, to hear, to think, or even to fight off disease. While the cause of about 60% of birth defects is unknown, infant deaths from birth defects have been cut in half since 1960.
Early Detection and Counseling
Early on in your pregnancy, you'll be introduced to all of the physician specialists expected to be involved in the care of you and your fetus. Complete and understandable information is provided regarding your specific diagnosis and the options available to you. You will be involved in all decisions regarding your case.
The Fetal Concerns Center provides support for community physicians in diagnosing and managing patient pregnancies suspected to involve complications. Counseling and education are available to help families and physicians make the most informed decisions for their fetus and family — ranging from obstetrical management of the mother and fetus to neonatal and surgical management for the infant.
Seamless Care Under One Roof
It is common for a child with special needs to be born in a hospital without the special expertise needed to care for it. In such situations, the mother and the newborn infant are often required to be separated, with the infant being transferred to another hospital.
In the Fetal Concerns Center, patients have access to all the care they need — under one roof. From early education on prevention of birth defects, to fetal diagnosis of a birth defect, to provision of prenatal counseling, to obstetrical management and delivery, to optimizing care for both the mother and the fetus, to neonatal management of the infant after birth, to linking families to support services during the child's first year of life — the Fetal Concerns Center offers it all.
The Fetal Concerns Program is a cooperative effort between the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Birth Center and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. Learn more at chw.org, the Web site for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.