What You Can Expect During Your MFM Consultation
At the Fetal Care Center of Southern California, our goal is to answer all your questions and work with you and your obstetrician to develop an individualized treatment plan. You can expect the best care and a team of experts that will be with you at every step.
Appointment Referral Process
When a fetal abnormality is identified during an ultrasound with your OB, your doctor may refer you to the Fetal Care Center. We will organize all necessary authorizations, your record retrieval and the referral request. Once all your information is received, we will contact you to schedule an appointment and conduct an OB history before you come in.
Our knowledgeable nurse coordinators are specially trained in maternal and fetal conditions and will navigate your care through the entire process. Your nurse coordinator will be a convenient, single point of contact as we work with you during the referral and appointment process. Please feel free to reach out to your nurse coordinator if you have questions or concerns at any time.
Comprehensive Fetal Diagnostics
During your first appointment, our specialists will perform any necessary fetal diagnostic screenings to confirm your baby’s diagnosis. In this single appointment, you may undergo any one or combination of the following assessments: fetal MRI, ultrasound, fetal echocardiogram or genetic tests.
On the same day as your initial appointment, you’ll also meet with various specialists regarding your baby’s diagnosis. During these consultations, our experts will walk you and your family through the specific details of your baby’s condition and provide you with comprehensive educational resources. We have specialists from the following areas:
- Maternal-fetal medicine (MFM)
- Pediatric cardiology
- Pediatric cardiothoracic surgery
- Pediatric general and thoracic surgery
- Pediatric neurology
- Pediatric neurosurgery
- Pediatric urology
- Pediatric otolaryngology (ENT)
- Pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgery
- Pediatric orthopaedic surgery
- Pediatric nephrology
Comprehensive Treatment Planning
After your initial appointment, our team of experts will hold a meeting to develop a comprehensive plan for you and your baby. It will identify any necessary prenatal interventions, how to safely deliver your baby and any medical or surgical procedures that might be needed.
Once you have met with all your specialists and your treatment plan is outlined, you will have a final wrap-up session with our MFM and nurse coordinator to review your individualized plan of care. All notes and reports will be sent back to your referring doctor.