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Expectant Parents to Benefit from Family-Centered Care in the Perinatal Center at Weill Cornell

New York (May 24, 2010)

Father and Son

With the arrival of family-centered care, we have transformed and expanded the Perinatal Center at Weill Cornell to better meet the needs of our patients. The Center, which is part of the NewYork-Presbyterian Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Children's Health, specializes in comprehensive high risk pregnancy and fetal care. Our goals are to provide a family-centered approach, a cohesive healthcare team, familiar names and faces every step of the way, a well-communicated plan of care, and continuity of care for each patient.

Referral requests are channeled through the clinic coordinator so that all patients receive not just obstetrical evaluation but also timely subspecialist evaluation and neonatology consultation. For the more complex cases, our clinic has appointments available one day per week. The patient and her support person meet with the OB, neonatologist, and any pertinent subspecialists (e.g. pediatric cardiologist, pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon, etc.) all on the same day. The consultation day will end with a group meeting for the patient, her support person and all the providers to review the diagnosis and short and long term options for care.

Parents have already benefited from our move toward a more family-centered and continuity-based approach. Simply knowing where the neonatal intensive care unit is, touring the unit and meeting with a neonatologist can make an enormous difference in a family's experience. Discussing diagnoses, management options and what to expect each step of the way through pregnancy and beyond well in advance of delivery allows parents to digest information, ask questions and consider their options.

Prepared, well-counseled parents are more capable of handling the challenges of a complex pregnancy. To further our goal of continuity of care, we will continue to stress open communication with outside referring providers and pediatricians. Our outstanding group of specialists in maternal-fetal medicine, genetics, neonatology, and pediatric surgical and medical subspecialties will manage the complexities of pregnancy, fetal life and neonatal care with a unique, highly coordinated, sensitive and family-centered approach.

For more information about the Perinatal Center at Weill Cornell and the Komansky Center, please contact Dr. Anne-Lise Yohay at 212-746-3530.

Visit our website: http://www.cornellpediatrics.org/perinatal

Faculty Contributing to this Article:

Anne-Lise Jacobsen Yohay, MD, Director, Perinatal Center, and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Weill Cornell Medical College

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