What are the benefits of diagnosing cleft lip and cleft palate in utero, and what are the next steps for the baby? Davinder Singh, MD, co-medical director of P hoenix Children’s Center for Cleft and Craniofacial Care, discusses what parents and providers should know about cleft lip and cleft palate, and about Phoenix Children’s robust program that involves 20 subspecialists.
To learn more, call 60-933-1050, or make a referral Most Children are diagnosed with the cleft lip and palate in utero. The benefits of seeing us in utero is that it helps the parents meet with all of the providers and understand the diagnosis and the care that's needed. It not only prepares them medically but also emotionally and psychologically for the journey they as a family are going to undertake. I think often times, um you know, we get questions from our pediatric colleagues about when to refer a patient. Uh not just for li and P but a number of the other craniofacial diagnoses, we care for uh Cristos being one of them and we are always happy to evaluate Children. We'd rather see a child and reassure the family that the baby is fine, miss a diagnosis and have the family and the baby struggle. I feel very passionately about what we do and the services we offer. We're the only accredited Cleft and Craniofacial Center in the entire state. And this is accreditation through the American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association. There are about 20 sub specialists on our team and our goal is really as a team to provide the best care we can for our, our babies and we always reassure families that prognosis for our babies with flop and palate diagnosis is amazing.