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Read our patient's story, Cullen was born with a cleft lip and palate

The frequency of a prenatal diagnosis of cleft lip and palate is increasing as ultrasound technology becomes more sensitive. A prenatal visit gives you information about your infant's diagnosis.

During the visit, you will meet with the clinic’s Director, Dr. Jennifer Rhodes, and the Program Coordinator and craniofacial feeding specialist, Ruth Trivelpiece. 

Dr. Rhodes will discuss the various treatment plans available for your child’s diagnosis and outline the care that your child will need during childhood.  She will review the diagnosis and discuss the limits of ultrasound technology in delineating anatomical details.

Ruth Trivelpiece will talk with you about the psychosocial and emotional needs you may have as you prepare for the birth.  You will learn about special feeding techniques that may be needed for your child and examine the special needs feeding systems available.

Without this visit, you may receive outdated or incorrect information that causes unnecessary worry.  Parents who receive this information may have less stress when their infants are born.