Chennai Fetal Care (CFC), a newly opened State-of-the-art centre of international
repute to diagnose fetal abnormalities and provide fetal therapy including fetal
surgery while the baby is still inside the womb.
This concept is a brain child of Dr. Gowrishankar Paramasivam, who is an
internationally published fetal medicine expert who returns to India from the U.K after
working over 15 years as fetal medicine specialist in London. The centre was
inaugurated jointly by Prof. Kypros Nicolaides (Professor of Fetal Medicine, Kings
College Hospital London and Director Fetal Medicine Foundation UK) and Prof
Suresh Seshadri, Director Mediscan, Chennai.
The 2000 sqft facility located in the prime area of Anna Nagar, is designed to provide
in house services for performing ultrasound scans during pregnancy to international
standards. In addition, it also provides services for non-invasive prenatal diagnostics,
invasive fetal testing, fetal therapy, Fetal MRI, Genetics and Tele-medicine. The
centre is equipped with high-end ultrasound scanners and medical equipment to
provide the necessary clinical service.
Speaking at the Press Conference Dr. Gowrishankar Paramasivam, Founder
Director, Chennai Fetal Care said, “Chennai Fetal Care endeavours to offer
support to every expectant mother and her unique needs, ensuring compassionate,
individualised care for pregnancies by providing the best possible care for the unborn
child based on robust scientific information. With a holistic approach combined with
comprehensive counselling, screening and diagnostic testing for fetal abnormalities,
CFC ensures that the couples receive relevant and appropriate information and
support to make an informed choice on the treatment for their unborn”.
Based on the report on the NHP Portal- India, the prevalence of birth defects in our
country is around 6-7%, which translates to around 1.7 million birth defects annually.
In addition, medical complications and fetal complications that may during pregnancy
pose addition risks and burden resulting in increased morbidity and mortality.
“According to a community survey on awareness and use of obstetric ultra-
sonography, only about 60% of women in India get ultrasound done during
pregnancy on a regular basis. To make this 100% we need to train and empower
large number of doctors to undergo training in advanced obstetric ultrasound
scanning to provide the necessary care for the community. This will not only
enhance their competency levels but will also encourage a greater number of women
to get their ultrasound scans done during their pregnancies to international
standards. This is exactly what Chennai Fetal Care Centre endeavours to do. Our
training, research and development programmes will help improve the clinician’s
understanding of fetal abnormalities and familiarize them with the current evidence-
based treatment and management of abnormalities in the field of Fetal medicine” he
Highlighting CFC’s international collaborations and networking, Dr
Gowrishankar said that CFC will leverage on his wealth of international
associations and rich experience in the field of fetal medicine to promote research
and participate in international clinical trials which would improve the standard of
care by following published guidelines and protocols. CFC will also be developing
training programmes in collaboration with institutions of international repute in the
field of fetal care by engaging Global health care experts to assist patients and
doctors in providing specialised consultations and expert opinions in complex clinical
conditions. This will not only improve the quality of their practice but will also help
them stay ahead in the field of fetal care.