Fetal Care Center Consultation: What to Expect
The Fetal Care Center at Nicklaus Children's Hospital understands the emotions parents experience when they learn their infant has a complex medical condition. Our nurse navigators serve as the initial point of contact for all appointments from the first visit, throughout the pregnancy, and after delivery.
Planning Your First Diagnostic Visit
Your first appointment may consist of a full day of diagnostic testing and meetings with different pediatric specialists who will care for the baby after birth.
These appointments and diagnostics tests may include the following, depending on the infant's diagnosis:
The Role of the Fetal Care Nurse Navigator
The Fetal Care Nurse Navigator will accompany the parents throughout the day and answer any questions he or she may have.
The nurse navigator will also schedule follow-up appointments with subspecialists and answer any questions throughout the pregnancy and after delivery. A tour of the intensive care unit where the baby will be transferred to after delivery will also take place. For more information, about our high-level ICU, please visit our Neonatology page.
The Fetal Care Center at Nicklaus Children’s has currently paused its labor and delivery program. We currently provide pre- and post-natal care to infants that will require pediatric specialty care after birth.
Our Fetal Care Center Nurse Navigators coordinate appointments and consultations within the center and the hospital's pediatric specialties. Nurses are available via phone or text to answer any questions, relieve anxiety and help parents feel at ease. The goal is to help the parents feel fully prepared for their baby’s medical care after birth.
Pediatric Advanced Care Team
The Fetal Care Center works closely with Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT) to provide support to families expecting an infant with medical differences.
The PACT team specializes in providing comfort and support for infants with life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses and their families. The team’s goal is to work with the family and care providers to enhance quality of life by providing the infant relief from symptoms of serious illness, while also promoting stress reduction for the entire family.
Out-of-Town Patient Families
For patients coming from a far distance, our care team can help arrange for accommodations close to the hospital. For more information on accommodations, please visit Hotel Accommodations.
Hospital & Nursing Support Services
Lactation consultants are on staff to assist mothers with their feeding choices, whether they choose to breast-feed, bottle-feed or both. Individualized breast milk coolers will also be available in the NICU.
To further support our patient families, our Child Life department offers Sibling Workshops to help older siblings adjust to the new baby, and our Child Life specialists are available for to answer questions and provide support. They can even bring mobiles to the ICU for the babies.
For more information, please visit Child Life
The Nicklaus Children's Children's Experiences department offers a variety of services and programs to help make your hospital stay more comfortable. Services include:
- Music therapy
- Social workers
- Extended accommodations for out-of-town families
- Pet therapy
- Preparing for the NICU program
For more information, please visit Children's Experiences.