Preconception

Preconception health is an early opportunity for you improve your health and ensure you are in the best possible medical position to have a baby. This can be useful if you have previously had trouble conceiving or you are worried that you may pass on a genetic condition. Whatever your reasons, we are here to help you make informed choices and start your new chapter in the best possible way.

Genetic Consultation

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Most women have healthy pregnancies and their babies are born without difficulties. However, women with high-risk pregnancies often need to be closely watched for potential problems or complications. If a birth defect or inherited disorder runs in your family, the Delaware Center for Maternal and Fetal Medicine of Christiana Care is prepared to guide you.

Our genetic counselors can help you identify your baby’s potential health risks. Drawing on knowledge gained through specialized graduate degrees and experience in medical genetics and counseling, genetic counselors can help you understand such conditions and review available options.

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Appointments with the center are made by referral through your primary obstetrician.

How Can We Help?

Our genetic counselors can serve as an advocate for you and your baby. Additionally, our counselors’ experience in disciplines ranging from biology and nursing to psychology and social work helps them provide supportive counseling, referrals to community and state support services, and insight on medical research.

Most women have healthy pregnancies and their babies are born without difficulties. However, women with high-risk pregnancies often need to be closely watched for potential problems or complications.

If a birth defect or inherited disorder runs in your family, the Delaware Center for Maternal and Fetal Medicine of Christiana Care is prepared to guide you. Our genetic counselors can help you identify your baby’s potential health risks.

Our Experience

Drawing on knowledge gained through specialized graduate degrees and experience in medical genetics and counseling, genetic counselors can help you understand such conditions and review available options. They also can serve as an advocate for you and your baby.

Additionally, our counselors’ experience in disciplines ranging from biology and nursing to psychology and social work helps them provide supportive counseling, referrals to community and state support services, and insight on medical research.

Delaware Center for Maternal & Fetal Medicine of Christiana Care

When complications arise, the Delaware Center for Maternal & Fetal Medicine of Christiana Care gives our smallest patients and their mothers special care. The center’s maternal-fetal medicine specialists, also known as perinatologists, have advanced training and experience to care for you if your pregnancy is high-risk due to medical, surgical or obstetrical factors, including:

  • Chronic illness.
  • Poor obstetric history.
  • Pregnancy over age 35.
  • Previous pregnancy loss.
  • Multiple gestations (twins, triplets, etc.).
  • Preterm labor.
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure).
  • Diabetes.

Maternal and Fetal Testing

Some mothers are more likely to need a closer watch on their pregnancy. Some conditions that may warrant maternal and fetal testing include the following:

  • Pre-existing maternal diseases (for example, diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney disease, heart disease).
  • Abnormal amniotic fluid amounts.
  • Abnormal fetal growth.
  • Multiple pregnancy (twins or more).
  • Post-term pregnancy.
  • Very young or older than 35 years old.
  • Obesity.

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