Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Our team specializes in high-risk pregnancies, providing you and your baby personalized medical care that continues seamlessly throughout your pregnancy, delivery and after.

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Washington University Maternal-Fetal Medicine is a team of nationally recognized obstetric specialists with extensive training in maternal-fetal medicine including prenatal ultrasound and genetic screening.

We care for patients diagnosed with high-risk pregnancies, which could be the result of pre-existing medical conditions, pregnancy with twins, triplets or other multiples, or other complicating factors. When precious lives are on the line, we are here to provide you, your baby, and all of your family the best care available.

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New location opening in 2017: Our Central West End location will move to a brand new facility in September 2017.
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Center for Women's Wellness & Fetal Health

Missouri Baptist Medical Center
3023 N. Ballas Rd.
Building D, Suite 450
St. Louis, MO 63131

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Women's Health Center

Center for Outpatient Health
4901 Forest Park Ave.
7th Floor, Suite 710
St. Louis, MO 63108

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Washington University physicians are the medical staff of Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals. Some physicians may see patients at additional locations in the St. Louis region.

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Personalized care for you and your family

Every family, every pregnancy, and every baby have unique needs, and our team is equipped with the depth and breadth of expertise to provide you the highest level of care when you need it most.

You’ll have an individualized care team that includes physicians who specialize in diagnosing, treating and delivering complicated pregnancies; sonographers who are experts in reading ultrasounds to see if your baby will have any special needs; genetic counselors who help you understand if your baby is at risk for a genetic disorder; and advanced practice nurses who are experts in neonatology and will be there to guide you throughout your pregnancy and care.

In fact, even before your first appointment, you’ll hear from the nurse coordinator who will be your family’s personal guide, scheduling your tests and answering any questions you and your family have along the way.

National expertise that you can count on

As part of the Washington University Physicians network, our team collaborates with leading experts across medical fields – from neonatologists and other pediatric specialists at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, to adult care specialists in diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease and other conditions at Barnes-Jewish Hospital – building a world-class team tailored to your care. We also connect our patients with specialists in related fields, including nutritional counseling, physical therapy and social work.

Our team provides specialized care for patients have any high-risk condition, including those who are:

  • Planning to get pregnant and at risk for a complicated pregnancy; our pre-pregnancy counselors will review your individualized care plan before your pregnancy even begins
  • Pregnant with twins, triplets, quadruplets or other multiples
  • Experiencing, or at high risk for, pre-term labor
  • Experiencing cervical incompetence (cervix opening early under pressure from the growing uterus and baby)
  • At risk due to pre-existing medical conditions, including congenital heart disease, chronic hypertension, kidney disease, auto immune disorders (such as lupus), organ transplants, clotting disorders, Rh-factor blood disease and uterine abnormalities
  • At risk due to complex past pregnancies, including miscarriage, second- or third-trimester pregnancy loss, stillbirth, and preterm labor or birth
  • Diagnosed with fetal anomalies and/or genetic disorders
  • And other conditions or situations that may cause complicating factors for you or your baby

The Fetal Care Center: Treating your baby before birth

If your unborn baby is at risk or diagnosed with a complex condition, our specialists at the Fetal Care Center will work with you to provide advanced treatments and prepare for your baby’s arrival. Combining the expertise of three nationally ranked institutions – Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, and Washington University Physicians – the Fetal Care Center offers the most comprehensive and advanced fetal care available in the Midwest and surrounding region.

At the Fetal Care Center, we’ve built an environment that puts you, your baby and your family at the center of everything we do. We coordinate prenatal fetal care with high-level diagnostic testing, including ultrasounds, amniocentesis and CVS, non-invasive prenatal screening, fetal MRI, echocardiography, and skeletal surveys. Newborns who need special care get immediate attention, right there in the delivery room, from specialists at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, and they are treated in the nationally renowned Level IV NICU, the highest level of newborn intensive care.

As with all of our care, your family’s personalized nurse will schedule your tests, prepare you for your visit and answers any questions you have.

Visit the Fetal Care Center website to learn more »

New state-of-the-art location opening soon

Our women and infants care will move to a brand new facility in the Central West End in September 2017. An expansion of Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals, the new location will include rooms for labor and delivery as well as C-sections, ample family visiting areas, and comfortable inpatient rooms for overnight stays. The labor and delivery space will also connect to an all-private neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in the St. Louis Children’s Hospital expansion, which will house one of the top-performing neonatology teams in the country.

Architectural rendering of the new Women & Infants center and St. Louis Children’s Hospital expansion, under construction on the Medical Campus.

This expansion is part of the Campus Renewal Project, a long-term project that is transforming Washington University Medical Center through new construction and renovations.

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Washington University Maternal-Fetal Care specialists:

When you call: Have your insurance card ready. Your insurance company may require a referral for your visit. If you have any questions please give us a call.
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Before your visit: You may be asked to complete a medical history form.