The Feingold Center for Children was established in 1983 to provide diagnosis and treatment to children born with genetic disorders, rare diseases, and challenges throughout the New England area. The Feingold Model of Coordinated Care exists to offer coordinated care, bettering the lives of the patients, and easing the difficulties caregivers experience after receiving a diagnosis of a genetic disorder or rare disease.
The Feingold Center for Children
Genetic Counseling is offered to prospective parents who are concerned about the possibility of genetic diseases occurring in their children. Patients who may benefit from genetic counseling include:
- Those wishing to discuss a condition that runs in their family.
- Couples who have a child with a genetic condition and have questions before having their next child.
- Those who have had genetic testing or screening previously and need additional information or education in understanding those results.
- Couples wishing to learn more about assisted reproductive technologies such as in vitro fertilization (IVF).
- Women who will be 35 years of age or older at the time of delivery.
- Parents who have concerns about exposures to medications, drugs, alcohol, chemicals, or other agents during pregnancy.
- Couples with infertility or multiple pregnancy losses.
- Couples who would like pre-conceptual counseling before pursuing pregnancy either naturally or via reproductive technology.
Massachusetts Satellite Clinics
The Feingold Center at Boston Children’s Hospital – Waltham hosts multiple clinics at various locations. The following clinics take place on a regular basis and are staffed by Dr. Catherine Nowak:
- Boston Children’s Hospital – Waltham
- Boston Children’s Hospital – North Dartmouth
- Boston Children’s Hospital – Peabody
- Milford Regional Medical Center – Milford
- Shriners Hospital – Springfield
- The Feingold Center Cape Cod Clinic – Sandwich. (Please contact Jenny Lauk at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.)
To make an appointment at any of these clinics or to learn more about them, please call (781) 216-2840 or fill out the form below.
Clinicians and staff at both the Feingold Center and MotherToBaby are dedicated to training the next generation of care providers and educating the public in general.
Paying It Forward
At the Feingold Center, graduate students in genetic counseling from Brandeis University and Boston University often are invited to experience hands-on learning via a clinical internship. We strive to instill the principles of compassion and holistic care in future genetic counselors who will be able to apply these practices and principles in the future. Jessica Douglas also goes out to local training programs to teach graduate level students about genetic counseling and prepare them for a career in pediatrics.
Dr. Nowak does outreach to local hospitals and primary care practices. Formal teaching such as Grand Rounds allows her to keep community physicians up-to-date regarding the rapidly evolving field of Genetics. Trainees in Pediatrics, Clinical Genetics, OB-GYN, Reproductive Endocrinology, and Genetic Counseling rotate through Dr. Nowak’s clinics to have hands-on learning experiences. She also offers informative sessions for the community, has a shadowing program for high school students interested in careers in genetics, and has run a mentoring class in the local elementary school to excite young minds about science and genetics.
Patricia Cole at MotherToBaby offers her expertise to graduate students at Brandeis University. She teaches them about the common medications and household agents that could pose a risk to a developing baby. She teaches them how to field questions from the public and supply accurate and actionable information to both expecting parents and the doctors and nurses who care for them. Patricia is also dedicated to community outreach and participates in several health fairs in our local communities to spread the word that any person who needs information and support regarding exposures in pregnancy and lactation.