Every St. Louis Fetal Care Institute patient will get to meet with our social worker Valerie Akerson. This meeting will give you the chance to ask questions and learn how to best handle all aspects of your fetal diagnosis. “We help make sure that our families are prepared for their baby, and we provide a support system for them,” explains Valerie.
By gaining insight on a family’s financial situation, family support structure and medical situation we can ensure they have access to, and are utilizing, the appropriate resources and support systems available through the Fetal Care Institute, SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center and SSM St. Mary’s Health Center.
“As a mom who has been through a similar situation, I hope I can help ease some of the stress that comes with a special pregnancy,” says Valerie.
In addition to learning about each family, Valerie will help make sure parents are ready for their baby and that they understand the restrictions, recommendations and risks involved with any planned fetal procedures or surgeries. She also provides information and answers questions about long-term stays in the St. Louis area, the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) policies and procedures, family and medical leave act (FMLA) forms and disability paperwork.