At the Yale Medicine Fetal Care Center—the only of its kind in the state and one of few in the Northeast—we provide comprehensive services to pregnant women whose babies have complex or rare fetal conditions. In addition to taking care of the mother, we treat the baby in utero and after birth.
We treat many conditions at the Fetal Care Center, including heart, abdominal, urologic, and neurological conditions. We also have expertise in disorders that affect twins, including twin-to-twin-transfusion syndrome.
We understand that having a high-risk pregnancy and a baby with a medical condition that may require surgical treatment is emotionally difficult and may present families with difficult decisions. We want to help our patients and families meet and overcome these challenges by focusing on education and helping them navigate emotional, logistical, and financial challenges. We work collaboratively with an array of professionals, including child-life specialists, clergy, family support services, financial counselors, and social workers.
Our team of specialists spans multiple disciplines, including maternal-fetal medicine, neonatology, and pediatric surgery. Our surgeons are among the most experienced in fetal treatment and fetal surgical procedures, including noninvasive fetal anemia assessment, percutaneous umbilical blood sampling (PUBS), in-utero fetal blood transfusion and such therapies as fetoscopy and fetal surgery. They work together with our skilled advanced practice nurses (APRNs) to address the needs of mother and child.
Furthermore, a registered nurse serves as a dedicated care coordinator and keeps families informed about all tests and procedures. Our care coordinator provides support to parents, listening to their worries and concerns and fielding questions. We also offer a support group led by our care coordinator and our social worker.