Perinatal Transport

The Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Ultrasound division and the Newborn Medicine division have established an outreach service to provide superior medical diagnosis and management while optimizing efficiency and communication with providers.

Our “one-stop shop” includes a dedicated Perinatal Outreach Coordinator who:

  • Coordinates the multi-specialty appointments for patients
  • Assists patients and their families in navigating through our facility
  • Communicates our recommendations directly to referring physicians’ offices in a timely manner

For all perinatal services and transports call:
800-678-HELP / 800-678-4357

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Services include:

1. Maternal-fetal medicine

  • Preconception and prenatal consultation and/or management of high-risk patients
  • Coordination of care with any subspecialty group that may be indicated in the care of the patient and her unborn child
  • A multidisciplinary care team approach optimizes patient care

2. Ultrasound/genetics

  • Comprehensive evaluation of fetal anatomy using ultrasound and other state-of-the-art imaging tools
  • Prenatal testing for patients at risk for genetically linked disorders, performed within the ultrasound genetics lab by sub-specialists in medical genetics and prenatal diagnosis
  • A meeting with a genetic counselor is performed prior to testing to assure understanding of the benefits, risks and limitations of any procedure

3. Neonatal services

  • Comprehensive newborn medicine: Consultation that includes anticipated delivery room management and newborn care
  • Cardiology: Diagnostic procedures such as in-utero fetal cardiac echo and consultation for anticipated surgical management and outcome
  • Radiology: In-utero MRI for suspected fetal anomalies
  • Pediatric surgery: Fetal conditions likely to require surgery after delivery, including diaphragmatic hernia, abdominal wall defects, thoracic and abdominal masses, and possible GI tract obstruction
  • Neurosurgery: Evaluation of fetuses with suspected CNS anomalies
  • Craniofacial deformities: Suspected cleft lip and palate deformities, and includes a visit to the Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic before delivery
  • Orthopedics: Skeletal deformities
  • Urology: Pre-delivery evaluation of hydronephrosis and other renal and urinary tract defects

4. Fetal Care Center

  • True program coordination, with immediate access to our specialists
  • Patients are scheduled in as little as 48 hours and immediately connected to a nurse coordinator who will take special care of patients
  • The nurse coordinator serves as a personal resource for the patient and the referring physician to schedule consultations, coordinate patient records and facilitate communication
  • Working with referring physicians, expectant mothers have access to the most comprehensive group of specialists- maternal fetal medicine specialists for mom, and neonatologists and a comprehensive team of pediatric subspecialists for baby
  • Physician-to-physician communications include detailed follow-up reports that review the patient’s entire day of testing and recommendations

Emergent transfer methods

For all perinatal services and transports call
St. Louis Children’s Hospital Transport Team:
800-678-HELP / 800-678-4357

Maternal-fetal in-house transfers
Ask to speak with the maternal-fetal medicine attending on call to arrange immediate transfer of patients through our maternal transport service.

Newborn/pediatric transfers
Call for emergency referrals or phone consultation for newborns or children.

Fetal Care Center
Call for 24-hour access and patient referral; visit FetalCare.org for more information.

800-678-HELP / 800-678-4357