Advanced Fetal Care Center | Your Visit

We understand the anxiety many families feel when contacting us. From the first telephone conversation, we strive to provide helpful, informative and compassionate support. We want to know your concerns and find out how much information you have about your fetus's health. We'll answer your questions and share our knowledge based on our experience and the most current data.

First steps

Most new patients come to the Advanced Fetal Care Center (AFCC) when routine tests have indicated a problem with your unborn fetus. Your physician may refer you, or you can contact our center directly at 617-355-6512 or by requesting an appointment online.

Phone intake

You or your obstetrician will be asked to fax medical information to us at 617-730-0302 for review, including demographic and insurance information. After we receive your referral, our administrative associate will process your records and assign you to a member of our clinical team.

A member of the AFCC team will then review all information and contact you to do a clinical intake that includes obtaining additional history, assessing your understanding of the health problem, answering your questions and offering support and reassurance. Additionally, they will order all appropriate diagnostic testing and counseling sessions. Our scheduling team will make every attempt to schedule imaging studies and appointments in a timely fashion to best meet your needs during this difficult time. However, please keep in mind that this process requires in-depth clinical expertise and may necessitate multiple calls before your first appointment.

Your appointment

We will conduct all necessary studies of your baby (ultrasound, MRI or echocardiogram) here in the clinic. It can make for a very long day. Families tell us, however, that they would rather spend a long day and receive all the information, than have to return a second day for feedback.

Plans for your day can change. We set a schedule for you based on the information we receive before your visit. Sometimes we add or subtract studies or consultants. Sometimes we shift the order of your day because of uncooperative babies or availability of imaging. Be assured that we will complete everything we need in order to give you the information you need, and appointments with consultants will be adjusted to allow for completion of necessary studies. If you have been waiting more than 15 minutes past your scheduled appointment without an explanation, please speak to the front desk staff.

You will receive information in several ways. We will teach you about normal development of a baby at your current stage of pregnancy. A consultant will then discuss your baby's findings, and talk about any required care or impact on quality of life. During this consult we will take notes so you can listen. At the end of the day you will leave with notes from your consults and teaching sheets about your baby's findings.

You will meet a team. Throughout the day you may meet several members of our team: doctors, nurses, a genetic counselor and a social worker. We work together not only to educate you, but also to support you in coping with this experience and any decisions you may need to make. We remain available to you after your appointment as your journey continues.

Planning your visit

Many families who come to the AFCC have questions related to available resources. A new online photo tour will illustrate some of the resources available to you and what your experience with us will be like. Additionally, services for Patients and Families provide information to help plan your visit.

Use these quick links for specific questions you may have: