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Perinatal Supportive Care Program

pregnant momThe goal of the Perinatal Supportive Care program is to provide information, guidance, and support for families if their unborn baby has a serious medical problem or may need to be in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for any reason. Our providers meet with the obstetrical doctors to learn about each family’s situation. Then we meet with families during their pregnancy in our Perinatal Supportive Care Clinic, along with a neonatologist (newborn doctor) and a social worker.

We work closely with mothers and others in their support system to help them understand their baby’s diagnosis, what the diagnosis means for their baby, and what treatments are possible. We help them talk through what is most important to them during the pregnancy, labor, birth, and newborn time period. If they need to make any difficult decisions, we help to communicate their wishes to the entire medical team. Our team consists of maternal-fetal-medicine physicians (high-risk obstetricians), neonatologists, palliative care physicians, nurses, social workers, a family therapist, and a chaplain. After the baby is born, we see each family in the hospital and provide support, help with finding information and making decisions for as long as the family needs.

Contact Us

Erin Denney-Koelsch, M.D.
Director of the Perinatal Supportive Care Program
Phone: (585) 273 -1154
Email: Erin Denney-Koelsch, M.D.