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Old 02-16-2007, 09:44 PM
 
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I don't think I'd call that routine. It's not like they're doing them for all babies with a given condition. They are just one of the only places to *do* them for the very rare case. Notice they don't list anything like- we do surgeries A, B and C here.

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They're done on a case-by-case basis, after a thorough investigation of the abnormality and a decision about whether the procedure would be beneficial. There are a few centers doing this sort of thing on as "routine" a basis as is possible/prudent at the present time. That's why "routine" was in quotes in my previous and current posts. These procedures are not "routine" in the sense that, say, appendectomies are routine. I'm not sure why the website doesn't list procedures that have been done or that are offered, but they are being done.
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They're done on a case-by-case basis, after a thorough investigation of the abnormality and a decision about whether the procedure would be beneficial. There are a few centers doing this sort of thing on as "routine" a basis as is possible/prudent at the present time. That's why "routine" was in quotes in my previous and current posts. These procedures are not "routine" in the sense that, say, appendectomies are routine. I'm not sure why the website doesn't list procedures that have been done or that are offered, but they are being done.

Since I'm here in Houston we hear every little thing going on at TCH. My impression about this unit is that it is set up. But rarely used.

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Since I'm here in Houston we hear every little thing going on at TCH. My impression about this unit is that it is set up. But rarely used.

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It is used (probably) about once every other month or so. Like I said, it's NOT routine. But TCH probably does as many fetal surgeries/interventions as any center in this country.
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I believe that the month and a half we had between diagnosis and birth were invaluable. They allowed us to bond with the baby in a way that we wouldn't've thought to, and they allowed us to begin to grieve, so that we were better able to deal with her death when it came. True, if we hadn't known, we would've had six more weeks (or more, since I hadn't started to miscarry naturally when I was induced) of blissful ignorance. But we wouldn't have had the chance to get ready to say goodbye.
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This time around, I am going to have the 20 week ultrasound. There are several scenarios in which immediate intervention after birth could be helpful, and so I feel that outweighs the negatives.
You know we're down here praying that that u/s will be PERFECT.

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and Brigid Eleanor (11/20/08)
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I don't understand- did your insurance require it or your midwife's? Never heard of such a thing.

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My midwifery practice required *at least* three. I refused (I'd had 10 with DS's pregnancy, and have always regretted it.) So I was dropped from the practice.

My new practice does the 20 week u/s, but they said it's fine if I don't want it. DH really does; we haven't come to a mutual decision yet.

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