It’s natural for expectant mothers to stress and worry over the health of their unborn children. When a congenital anomaly is discovered, these feelings of anxiety are only exaggerated. Combined with the added concern of trying to coordinate a care team, many families in this situation are left feeling lost, frustrated and overwhelmed.
The Fetal Care Center of Southern California, which just recently opened, takes away the strain of navigating through various medical specialists and care teams. It conveniently brings under one roof a multidisciplinary approach to managing fetal and neonatal conditions.
As a result, moms can focus on what truly matters the most: the well-being of their babies.
The center provides specialized, world-class care for mothers and their newborns who have been prenatally diagnosed with one or more congenital irregularities.
For example, we offer comprehensive fetal cardiology and state-of-the-art diagnostic services—the only effort of its kind in Orange County. In fact, the CHOC fetal cardiology program is the only lab in the county with fetal accreditation through the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission. This ensures an advanced level of expertise.
Using the latest in technology and best practices, the care team at The Fetal Care Center of Southern California can accurately diagnosis the full spectrum of fetal conditions.
Designed to provide moms, babies and families a safe and patient-centered environment, the center is also set up to perform in-utero testing and procedures. Additionally, it’s equipped with two fetal EKG rooms and a high-level obstetrics ultrasound. This allows clinicians to perform a detailed anatomy scan and gives them the ability to detect chromosomal abnormalities and fetal infections.
Care coordination is a key component of the center and is a program not available at most medical facilities.
The center offers moms-to-be a personalized experience suited to fit the individual needs of their developing babies. What’s more, we pair each mom with a skilled and experienced nurse who serves as care coordinator.
After staff completes a high-level fetal diagnostic scan to determine the specialists the patient needs to see, the care coordinator schedules all appointments. The coordinator then stays with the patient throughout her journey at the center, providing care and critical support to mom and infant alike. Thanks to the heartfelt support of you and other generous friends, CHOC is bringing this trailblazing program to our community so we can give babies the chance they need for a healthy, hopeful life.