Genetic Analysis Performed After Perinatal Loss Helps Both Doctors and Patients
Our state-licensed and board-certified genetic counselors and board-certified physician geneticists at the Barbara Peterson Ruhlman Women & Newborn Center and the Center for Human Genetics have distinctive training that enables them to treat a fetus at risk for infections, genetic diseases, growth restriction and more. In some cases, however, a woman may still suffer the loss of the baby. Perinatal loss may include:
Evaluation of Perinatal Loss
Loss of a newborn baby, stillbirth or multiple miscarriages can be due to many causes including genetic problems, infections, placental problems and maternal illness. Our team of board-certified maternal fetal medicine specialists, genetic counselors and physician geneticists lends expertise in all these areas to help determine not only the cause for the loss, but also a treatment plan. UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital also has expert fertility specialists if needed.
Services Help Families Through Serious Medical Issues and Perinatal Loss
Not all birth defects are preventable or survivable. If testing shows there is a slim chance of survival, we put parents in control of their care and the care of their child. Pediatric hospice and palliative care services empower parents to make the best decisions for their family. Our fetal care coordinator helps parents navigate appointments with subspecialty experts and prepare a birth plan that fits with their spiritual beliefs and emotional needs.
Counseling and Support for Families Suffering Pregnancy or Infant Loss
In September 2013, University Hospitals became an accredited Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support, Inc chapter. Share is highly respected and is acknowledged as the definitive resource on the needs and rights of bereaved parents and their families.
The mission of Share is to serve those whose lives are touched by the tragic death of a baby through pregnancy loss, stillbirth, or in the first few months of life.
The primary purpose is to provide support toward positive resolution of grief experienced at the time of, or following the death of a baby. This support encompasses emotional, physical, spiritual, and social healing, as well as sustaining the family unit.
HEAL Program Provides Bereavement Support
University Hospitals is working to enhance the perinatal and neonatal bereavement program, Helping Each Other After Loss, or HEAL. This will include services for patients and families during their hospital stay within UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital and UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, under the leadership from the Center for Family Planning, and will extend beyond discharge through pregnancy and infant loss support groups developing in 2014.
For more information call 216-844-1952.