Visiting Our Fetal Care Center

The Fetal Care Center provides support and coordinated care at every step of your baby's care journey.

Here you'll find an overview of what families can expect when visiting the Nicklaus Children's Hospital Fetal Care Center.

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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 stay after delivery will also take place.

Our Fetal Care Center Nurse Navigators are available 24 hours a day to 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 the day of delivery and the days following the birth.

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 & Devonshire Apartment Accommodations

One Week Before Delivery

A week before delivery, the parents will have a pre-operative huddle at the Fetal Care Center, where they will have the opportunity to meet with the the clinical team that will be involved in the baby's care.

Post-Delivery & ICU Transfers

For more information, about our high-level ICU, please visit our Neonatology page.

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

Children's Experiences

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.