At about the 20th week of pregnancy, an anatomical scan is performed on an expectant mother to examine if the baby is developing normally. If a fetal anomaly is detected, the results can prepare women and their partners for the future of their child – from possible treatment options before delivery to delivering the baby at a hospital that specializes in the treatment of the abnormality, preparing for palliative care at the newborn stage, or discussing whether to terminate the pregnancy, depending on the diagnosis.

fetology bookFetology: Diagnosis and Management of the Fetal Patient (Second Edition) provides a multidisciplinary approach to the full implications of a fetal sonographic or chromosomal diagnosis – from prenatal management to long-term outcome – for an affected child. With more than 1,000 pages of information, the book serves as a resource for obstetricians seeking answers to the questions of parents faced with the diagnosis of a fetal abnormality, and provides advice on how to present patients with a coordinated, therapeutic plan.

“Often when I initially explain a complicated issue, the family is overwhelmed and unable to take in much information due to the stressful nature of the situation,” states Dr. D’Alton.

For prospective parents, it is also a guide to understanding an abnormal fetal finding. “I find that a family can benefit greatly when given a chapter on the disease or condition that their baby has been diagnosed with. Often when I initially explain a complicated issue, the family is overwhelmed and unable to take in much information due to the stressful nature of the situation,” states Mary E. D’Alton, MD, Willard C. Rappleye Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. “Additionally  in Fetology, we include a synopsis of each chapter and the major take-home points, which can be very useful to residents and fellows, allowing them to give accurate preliminary information to families until an experienced subspecialist is available to provide more details.”

D’Alton, M. E., Bianchi, D. W., Crombleholme, T. M., Malone, F. D. (2010). Fetology: Diagnosis and Management of the Fetal Patient (Second Edition). Columbus, Ohio: McGraw-Hill Medical; Second Edition.