When Rachel’s mother was five months pregnant, a routine ultrasound showed the presence of a cleft lip and palate. Her gynecologist referred her to Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children for a perinatal (before birth) consultation with the Cleft and Craniofacial Anomalies Program.
Rachel’s parents met with one of our doctors specializing in Genetics, our cleft lip and palate coordinator, and Joseph Napoli, MD, Division Chief of Plastic, Maxillofacial, and Craniofacial Surgery.
Our team confirmed the diagnosis, prepared Rachel’s parents for everything they would be dealing with, and explained how we would support and help them along the way. We also went over the options for little Rachel’s treatment and care. When she was born, her parents were prepared and ready to begin treatment, and our team was in contact with them from day one.