Prenatal diagnosis of congenital anomalies provides valuable information and allows proper management of pregnancy and delivery. The common congenital anomalies are cardiovascular anomalies, congenital anomalies of the central nervous system, fetal thoracic anomalies, abdominal wall defects, kidney and urinary tract defects, and esophageal, gastrointestinal, and anorectal abnormalities. Different defects require particular assessment, evaluation and care. Pregnancy management mainly includes detection of the malformations, genetic assessment, ultrasound follow-ups and evaluation of fetal well-being as well as performing various invasive or non-invasive procedures. Managing delivery is also highly important and fetal anomaly specific. The main aspects of delivery management discussed in this chapter are delivery place, timing, route and delivery room care.
Part of the book: Congenital Anomalies