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The Carmen and John Thain Center for Prenatal Pediatrics (Columbia)

The Carmen and John Thain Center for Prenatal Pediatrics at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center is renowned for providing enhanced perinatal services. We offer care for congenital heart disease, multiple pregnancies, Rh disease and anemia, bladder outlet obstructions, pleural effusion (fluid in the lungs), and abnormalities of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord), chest, urinary tract, abdomen, and skeleton.

Areas of Expertise:

  • We have special expertise in treating twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome ─ a condition in which the single placenta is shared unequally by a set of identical twins . We use fetoscopic laser technology to treat this disorder between weeks 16 and 26 of the pregnancy to enhance the chance of a healthy birth for both babies. NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital is one of only about a dozen centers nationally to offer this approach, and the only center in New York City.
  • We work with a team of high-risk pregnancy experts to perform the EXIT procedure. This rare surgical procedure is performed when the baby has a condition such as a neck or facial mass that leads to blockage of the infant’s airway once he or she is born. Through a cesarean delivery (C-section), we partially deliver the baby, insert an airway tube while the child is still connected to the mother through the umbilical cord, and then deliver the baby. This ensures that the baby receives adequate oxygen until the airway can be secured.
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital features special expertise in fetal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), enhancing the early and accurate diagnosis of brain malformations and neck masses. Results of testing can be used to plan appropriate neonatal care.
  • NewYork-Presbyterian /Columbia is the only hospital in New York City to offer extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), which may be required to help infants born with congenital diaphragmatic hernia, lung lesions, or certain types of congenital heart disease.

Other benefits for patients include:

One Convenient Location:
Patients and their families can receive all of their care in one convenient location. We'll work with you to schedule your diagnostic tests and consultations all on one day, if you prefer. Patients who travel to see us find this to be especially helpful. When you return for additional visits, you'll return to the same familiar location and receive care from the same familiar faces.

An Understanding and Collaborative Team:
When you arrive, you'll meet with a nurse practitioner or genetic counselor who will explain the process to you so you'll know what to expect. Your healthcare team has exceptional expertise in caring for patients like you. All of your care team members work together to assemble a plan of care that best meets your needs. This collaboration is bolstered by regular meetings with all team members who gather to review and discuss your care. We are with you at your side to support you throughout this journey.

Continuity of Care:
Mothers can receive all of their care and deliver their babies at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. Should your child require specialized care after birth, he or she can be cared for on-site in our renowned Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), which is staffed by highly skilled and experienced neonatal nurses, nurse practitioners, and neonatologists. The hospital is designated by the New York State Department of Health’s Bureau of Women’s Health as a Regional Perinatal Center, and receives transfers of complicated cases from throughout the region.

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