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Arkansas Fetal Diagnosis and Management Program (AFDM)

To make a genetics appointment, contact the ANGELS Call Center at 866-273-3835.

ANGELS Arkansas Fetal Diagnosis and Management program (AFDM) was designed to provide coordinated, compassionate, and evidenced-based care for pregnancy and newborn cases complicated by congenital birth defects or genetic disease. Prenatally babies are referred to the Arkansas Reproductive Genetics Program (ARGP) for confirmation of a congenital anomaly and/or genetic disease. Once confirmed, the families are then referred to the AFDM program for further case management.

Multidisciplinary conferences are held using distant health technologies, evidence-based guidelines, standards of care and physician judgments in order to formulate individualized, family centered care plans. Based upon a specific anomaly diagnosis, referrals to the appropriate sub specialty providers at ACH and UAMS are conducted.

Parents, physicians, health care providers from both UAMS and Arkansas Children’s Hospital, and referring health care providers continue open communication during the planning process in order to best achieve the most positive outcomes for the patient and the family.

By using a family-centered approach, AFDM focuses on empowering the entire family with necessary information so everyone feels prepared and confident in preparation for delivery and newborn care.

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