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What To Expect

We respect that learning about your baby’s diagnosis may be filled with uncertainty and concern. Our goal is to be responsive, providing information, support and best recommendations. We are ready to connect you to resources and information so you can make the best choices for your baby’s care.

You can expect to receive compassionate care from experienced teams of physicians, nurses and other caregivers who understand that every patient’s needs are unique and important.

Please know our team of physicians and Advanced Practice Nurses are here to support you, your baby, and your family by providing the following care as you choose:

  • Learn your goals of care for your baby and family
  • Expert evaluation and care during pregnancy, delivery and after birth
  • Help your family meet with a neonatologist and offering a tour of the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) before your baby is born
  • Assist your family in meeting with pediatric sub-specialists and other health care team members such as pastoral care, social workers, child life or lactation specialists
  • Share the goals of care for your baby with your physician, the maternal fetal medicine, labor and delivery and neonatal intensive care teams
  • Help support you during your pregnancy and at the time of delivery
  • Help coordinate your baby’s care after birth

When a referral is made to the Center for Fetal Care, a team of physicians, advance practice nurses and interdisciplinary team members will work together to coordinate your care.

Meet our Center for Fetal Care primary team members:

Jeffrey George, DO, Neonatologist
Director of Neonatology, Advocate Children’s Hospital - Park Ridge
Co-Director, Center for Fetal Care, Advocate Children's Hospital
Offices in Park Ridge and Barrington
Years in Practice: 19
Board Certification: Yes
Medical School: University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kansas City, MO
Internship: Westview Hospital, Indianapolis, IN
Residency: Lutheran General Hospital
Fellowship: Lutheran General Hospital

Philosophy of Care:
Exceptional care rendered with compassion. Educating parents and families so that they can make informed decisions in partnership with their physician and specialized medical team.


Barbara V Parilla, MD, Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Advocate Children’s Hospital
Co-Director, Center for Fetal Care, Advocate Children's Hospital
Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Illinois at Chicago
Offices in Park Ridge, Aurora, Downers Grove and Winfield
Years in Practice: 19
Medical Specialty: Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Board Certification: Yes
Medical School: State University of New York at Stonybrook, School of Medicine
Internship: Winthrop-University Hospital, Mineola, NY
Residency: Winthrop-University Hospital, Mineola, NY
Fellowship: Northwestern University Medical Center, Chicago, IL 1992 Maternal & Fetal Medicine

Dr. Parilla has authored many scientific articles pertaining to fetal diagnosis and therapy. She is a Fellow of the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

Philosophy of Care:
Provide excellent individualized and compassionate care for high-risk patients to optimize outcomes.


Kathie Kobler, MS, APN, PCNS-BC, CHPPN
Advanced Practice Nurse, Pediatric Palliative Care & Center for Fetal Care at Advocate Chlidren's Hospital
Years in Practice: 27
Board Certified: Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and Hospice & Palliative Care Pediatric Nurse
Graduate Education: University of Illinois at Chicago
Undergraduate Education: Northern Illinois University

Philosophy of Care: Provides exceptional, individualized care for infants and children with serious medical conditions and their families, with a focus on honoring relationships throughout the care trajectory.


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