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Fetal Care Center opens at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo

A fetal care center opened today in side the Regional Perinatal Center of Wester New York at Women & Children’s Hospital.

The center provides multidisciplinary care for women, and their families, whose pregnancy is complicated by congenital or genetic fetal abnormalities, such as cleft palate, spina bifida, abdominal wall defects and skeletal defects.

“The beauty of this new program is that women will be able to come in to the Fetal Care Center and on the same day meet with the high-risk obstetrician, as well as all the pediatric and surgical subspecialists that will be caring for her baby after delivery,” Dr. Jeffrey R. Johnson, chief of maternal-fetal medicine, said in a statement.

“This will minimize the amount of travel that a family will be required to do, as many patients may be coming from a distance,” he said.

Johnson and Dr. Carroll M. Harmon, pediatric surgeon-in-chief, will serve as co-directors of the center and will be joined by physicians from neonatology, pediatric general surgery, pediatric anesthesia, pediatric neurosurgery, pediatric urology, genetics and other pediatric subspecialists as needed, according to Kaleida Health.

The center also will focus on shared decision making, the concept of doctors collaborating with patients to reach consensus on difficult health care decisions, taking into account the best scientific evidence and the patient’s preferences.