Enhancements in prenatal ultrasound imaging technology have resulted in increasing numbers of families learning that their baby has a craniofacial difference before his or her birth. That knowledge can bring anxiety and many questions. Expectant parents often ask:
- What is the anomaly?
- What caused it?
- What is the prognosis for the baby?
- Can it be repaired?
- How do I take care of my baby?
To address the questions and concerns of expectant parents in a comprehensive way, the Nicklaus Children's Hospital Craniofacial Center has created a Prenatal Clinic in which families are evaluated by a team of specialists including nurses, plastic and reconstructive surgeons, and geneticists.
Families are provided information on the causes of craniofacial differences and what to expect when the baby is born. They are shown photographs of children before and after repair of craniofacial differences, and are given necessary contact information and supplies when the baby is born.
With this information, families feel more prepared for the birth of their baby. Further, the families leave knowing where to find support, which helps decrease anxiety and promotes a more enjoyable pregnancy and birth experience.
Care for a Full Spectrum of Craniofacial Anomalies
The Craniofacial Center at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, serves children with various craniofacial differences such as:
- Cleft lip and palate
- Pierre Robin sequence
- Hemifacial microsomia
- Treacher Collins
The Craniofacial Center conducts a multidisciplinary evaluation for affected children, and develops and coordinates a plan of care.