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Cleft Lip and Palate: Craniofacial Program

All parents want the best for their baby from the very start. But what do you do if your baby is diagnosed with a cleft lip and palate? By choosing an award-winning hospital with gifted pediatric specialists who embrace the team approach, you’re giving your child every advantage.

What Is a Cleft?

Cleft lips and palates are one of the more common birth defects, affecting about one in 700 babies born in the United States. In most pregnancies, the sides of the fetus’ lip and the roof of the mouth fuse in the first trimester. Sometimes, however, the palate and/or lip doesn’t close the way it should. The result is a child with a facial difference, a cleft.

These days, under the care of the right team, this condition is correctable. In the Gulf South, that team is right here at Ochsner.

Why Ochsner for Cleft Lip or Palate?

From the womb to adulthood, Ochsner is here to treat the whole child – not just the cleft. As a member of the American Cleft Palate Association, we are uniquely qualified to care for your child.

What sets Ochsner apart is our team philosophy. We think and work as a team should. Believe it or not, this is rare, and something our patients benefit from every day. What’s more, care at Ochsner is truly personalized.

At Ochsner, the care of a child with a cleft begins before they are born. From the moment a cleft shows up on an ultrasound, we work closely with your OB/GYN and our colleagues in Maternal Fetal Medicine. Unlike specialty pediatric hospitals, we have the ability to deliver high-risk craniofacial patients on-site. If there is a problem at the time of delivery, your baby’s doctor is already here – not across town waiting for the ambulance.

Ochsner Baptist is home to some of the top neonatologists in the region and a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). That’s what healthcare with peace of mind is all about.

Schedule an Appointment

Care for babies with cleft lip and palate is performed at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans. To schedule an appointment, call 504-842-5338 or 504-84-CLEFT.