When the unexpected fetal anomaly occurs, the Fetal Care Center at The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio connects pediatric specialists to pregnant women and their families, regardless of where they plan to deliver their baby. Through outpatient consultation or inpatient care, this multidisciplinary approach allows for coordinated management of both mother and baby, providing an enhanced experience in which parents are better informed and prepared. By optimizing communication and sharing expertise among obstetric providers and pediatric subspecialists, health care professionals can develop individual management plans prior to delivery that will ultimately direct the care of a newborn.
Our Fetal Care Center is committed to patient- and family-centered care. When a physician refers an expectant mother to our Fetal Care Center, she will receive an individualized consultation tailored specifically for her needs.
Our Fetal Care Coordinator, a registered nurse, facilitates each consultation, connecting the mother and her support team to services at The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. Throughout the consultation, our coordinator remains available to the mother and her family, accompanying her every step of the way.
Most fetal care consultations include the following services and additional services can be included as needed:
- Consultation with pediatric subspecialists
- Diagnostic imaging, if requested
- Consultation with a neonatologist
- Tour Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
- Preregistration in Labor and Delivery (if delivering at The Children’s Hospital)
- Consultation with an obstetric hospitalist (if delivering at The Children’s Hospital)
- Parking validated
Upon completion of the fetal care consultation, the referring physician will receive a letter summarizing the discussion and management plan for the patient. The letter will include detailed information from each team member, outlining recommendations for both maternal, fetal, and newborn care. Our Fetal Care Coordinator will ensure that any recommended follow-up visits are coordinated and communicated to an expectant mom and her obstetrician.
The Fetal Care Center at The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio can assist with diagnosis and management of the following birth defects (including others that may not be listed):
*The Fetal Care Center works closely with our colleagues at Texas Children’s Hospital for coordination of fetal surgery for certain birth defects.
Established in 2017, the Fetal Care Center has managed complex care for mothers and their babies, striving for the best outcomes in the most difficult of circumstances. Through coordinated maternal, fetal, and newborn care, the Fetal Care Center at The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio stands ready to assist the local community, San Antonio, South Texas, and beyond. When the smallest of patients need help, the Fetal Care Center is here to coordinate care among all the subspecialty areas available.
To learn more about the services offered through The Fetal Care Center or to request information on how to make a referral, please contact our Fetal Care Coordinator.
Fetal Care Coordination Request Form
The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio is affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine in the areas of pediatrics, pediatric surgery, and obstetrics and gynecology. Baylor is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation’s top 25 medical schools for research.