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FAQs

How often will I need to see the specialists at the Fetal Care Center?
Once a problem has been detected by your obstetrician, you will be referred to the Fetal Care Center. Our Fetal Care Coordinator will assist with care planning and coordination for you and your baby.

The frequency of visits with our specialists will depend on the nature of your fetus’s condition. The Fetal Care Coordinator will help coordinate those visits for you.

Will I still see my OB/GYN?
Once your obstetrician has detected a problem, you will be referred to the Fetal Care Center where our multidisciplinary team of specialists will provide comprehensive evaluation and diagnostic testing. Your OB/GYN can remain your primary doctor throughout your pregnancy, unless otherwise determined by him and the results of your evaluation.  Our Fetal Care Coordinator will work closely with you and your doctor throughout the entire process to ensure proper communication and coordination between your doctor and our specialists.

What kinds of diagnostic tests will be required for my baby?
Early diagnosis and planning provide the best possible outcome for baby and mom. To ensure you receive the most appropriate care and treatment, experienced specialists will conduct comprehensive prenatal diagnostic testing and evaluation of you and your fetus. Our Radiology Department is staffed by a pediatric trained staff of radiologists and technicians who are skilled in performing and reading diagnostic testing specific to the needs of infants and children.

Some of the more commonly used diagnostic tools that may be required to assess your baby after delivery include CT scans, ultrasound, X-rays, MRI, nuclear medicine studies or heart studies.

Can my baby be delivered at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center?
Where you deliver your baby will be a decision discussed by you, your OB/GYN and our specialists at the Fetal Care Center based on the diagnosis and needs of your baby.

The Fetal Care Center includes two state-of-the-art surgical suites located steps away from Children’s Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Four comfortable mothers’ recovery rooms are located nearby so that both mother and baby can receive care in neighboring units. 

Can I still deliver my baby at an adult hospital?
Where you deliver your baby will be a decision discussed by you, your OB/GYN and our specialists at the Fetal Care Center based on the diagnosis and needs of your baby.

Our Critical Care Transport Team, which provides highly specialized care and transportation to critically ill neonates and infants, is available 24 hours to ensure your baby arrives safely at Children’s Newborn Intensive Care Unit  (NICU).

How will my baby be transported to Children’s if he or she is very ill?
Our Critical Care Transport Team, which provides highly specialized care and transportation to critically ill neonates and infants, is available 24 hours to ensure your baby arrives safely at Children’s Newborn Intensive Care Unit  (NICU). The Children's Critical Care Transport Team is experienced in stabilizing and transporting critically ill or premature infants, children in respiratory distress, children with critical heart disease or those requiring immediate surgery. Team members are certified in basic life support, pediatric advanced life support and neonatal resuscitation.

Who will take care of my baby if he or she is moved to Children’s Hospital & Medical Center?
Your baby will be transported to our Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU), which is staffed by a team of experienced neonatologists. Our team of neonatologists is trained to handle the most serious birth defects and high-risk pregnancies to ensure the most optimal outcome for your baby. They will also work closely with our other pediatric specialists and surgeons to provide a coordinated plan of care and will keep you well informed on your baby’s progress throughout your baby’s care.

What if my baby requires surgery?
Children's Hospital & Medical Center is home to Nebraska's only board-certified pediatric surgeons. Our pediatric surgeons have received specialized training to arm them with the unique skills needed to provide the most advanced and precise treatments for infants and newborns with serious birth defects.

Combined, they bring approximately 50 years of experience and over 30 years of training to the operating room, providing you with confidence and assurance that your child is in skillful and competent hands.

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