Women and their partners who receive a diagnosis of a fetal abnormality must make a challenging decision regarding pregnancy termination or continuing the pregnancy. Women who terminate a pregnancy because of a fetal abnormality are likely to experience significant emotional distress comparable to that for women who have pregnancy loss. Advances in techniques for prenatal testing now enable clinicians to diagnose many fetal abnormalities during pregnancy and while genetic screening and prenatal diagnostic testing is available for some conditions during the first trimester, most fetal abnormalities are diagnosed in the second trimester. In certain instances, such procedures may be indicated due to maternal health risks, as well as in the unfortunate circumstance of a fetal demise.
Access to abortion care in the second trimester can be extremely difficult to attain and can require extensive searching and difficulties overcoming obstacles. We, at Parkmed, have a specialized program for those patients who are faced with the potentially disheartening situation of a pregnancy with affected by a fetal anomaly. Our Board Certified OB/GYN physicians are experts in the area of first and second trimester abortions. We are a national referral center for terminations in such situations and we are the only NYS center individually approved by the New York State Department of Health to provide maximum services for patients who find themselves in need of such assistance. Our staff has been trained in the sensitivity of this specialized concern to help minimize the emotional and physical concerns of our patients and to provide the necessary support and respect needed. We feel that it is important to involve the patient's family and to ease their discomfort as much as possible in such a situation. Private appointments and rooms can be arranged for services to include the patient's recovery with family for an additional fee. Many patients appreciate this privacy arrangement for their special needs.
We assure all of our patients an individual approach for their unique needs and we will cooperate with your private physician for any testing requests. We offer full fetal genetic testing and evaluation of and will work with your physician to ensure that all your needs are met going forward.
Please call us to discuss this further and to get answers to any questions that you may have. As always, we look forward to helping our patient in any way possible.