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Nemours Partners for Perinatal Management at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Phone: (302) 651-6812
Fax: (302) 298-8952

Fetal Diagnostic Testing

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We know going through any kind of medical testing during pregnancy can be stressful. At Nemours Partners for Perinatal Management program, we do everything we can to make sure you feel safe and comfortable during our diagnostic tests. Our goal is to provide a stress free, relaxing environment for fetal diagnostic testing.

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Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington

1600 Rockland Road
Wilmington, DE 19803
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Contact Us: To learn more or schedule an appointment, please email or call the perinatal coordinator at (302) 651-6812.

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  • photo ID
  • medical and pharmacy insurance cards
  • preferred pharmacy name and phone number
  • names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
  • guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
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If your baby needs testing, at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, we won’t keep you waiting long for results. We’ll reassure you when our diagnostic testing shows no cause for concern.

And when a problem is detected, we’ll quickly provide diagnostic reports to your referring physician. Then we'll coordinate with your doctor to schedule further consultations, if you want or need to.

Fetal Diagnostic Testing Offered at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

We'll do everything we can to make sure you feel safe and comfortable during our diagnostic tests.

Fetal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): duPont Hospital for Children is the only facility in Delaware offering fetal MRI. Pioneered in Delaware by a member of our team, fetal MRI diagnostic testing provides more detailed information than an ultrasound.

And, although we know you're anxious to get answers right away, it's important to know that for our radiologists to review just one fetal MRI, they have to evaluate hundreds of images, which takes some time. So although we can't give you results during your visit, we will send the report to your referring doctor within 24 hours after your testing.

Fetal echocardiography (or fetal "echo"): This is an in-depth cardiac ultrasound study that allows us to view the structure, function and rhythm of a baby’s heart while still in the mother’s womb during pregnancy, as early as the 18th week. We can do these special ultrasounds:

Minimizing Stress, Easing Fears

"Parents who are prepared for a problem are much calmer and more organized than those who discover it at birth. We describe the problem, its clinical consequences and current methods of treatment. We give them literature and good websites, and time to do research.

"We encourage them to call us with any questions or concerns once they’ve begun to understand it. When we have a plan, parents are less stressed and the children do well, with no delays in treatment. As difficult as it is, parents have told us how much harder it would be to find a problem after delivery."

Sharon Lehman, MD, Division Chief and Pediatric Ophthalmologist,
duPont Hospital for Children