Fetal Medicine Institute Contact number | 202-476-7409

A sleeping newborn cared for by Doctor Andre DuPlessis with Children's National Health System Fetal Medicine Institute.

Cutting Edge Care for Expectant Families

Moving quickly matters most when something may not be right with an unborn baby. The Fetal Medicine Institute gets diagnosis and treatment advances to families faster.

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Sometimes babies show signs of potential health risks even before they’re born. At Children’s National, the Fetal Medicine Institute provides the diagnosis, treatment, and support you and your baby need. Through research, expertise, coordinated and advanced care, personalized treatment plans, and more, the Fetal Medicine Institute is dedicated to helping your baby get the best possible start in life.

The Fetal Medicine Institute at Children’s National: Why Choose Us?

At the Fetal Medicine Institute, we diagnose and treat unborn babies who show signs of potential health risks, including abnormal fetal development. Our team – which includes top physicians in every specialty – can diagnose your baby and provide consultation with subspecialists all in the same day. That way, we can create a treatment plan that’s just right for you and your baby.

Highlights of the Fetal Medicine Institute include:

  • Innovative care for your unborn baby: Our groundbreaking research allows us to diagnose fetal conditions earlier. This helps your family get answers to important questions and start planning for your baby’s future needs.
  • Expertise: Adre Du Plessis, MBChB, an international expert in normal and abnormal development of the fetal brain, leads our team of 50 experts in more than 19 pediatric subspecialties. We offer a level of experience few centers can match.
  • Fully coordinated care: Because all of our specialists are here in one location, we can arrange for you to meet with any specialists that you need in a single visit.
  • Personalized treatment plans: We provide you with a roadmap of detailed information, including multiple treatment options, to meet your baby’s needs. Learn more about prenatal diagnosis and care.
  • Advanced neonatal care: From life-saving heart surgery to specialized critical care programs, we deliver advanced care starting the moment your baby is born. Learn more about neonatal care.
  • Pioneering research: Along with providing the most advanced care to patients today, our expert team is involved in innovative research to help advance the field of fetal medicine and treatment for the future.

Shaping the Future of Fetal Brain Health: Developing Brain Research Laboratory
Our doctors are focused on early diagnosis of brain injury, leading to better outcomes for mother and baby. Learn more.
Our experts also work closely with you and your obstetrician or maternal-fetal medicine specialist to help you understand your baby’s condition. This helps make sure your baby has a seamless transition from the womb to receiving the best care after birth.

Contact Us

For more information or to make an appointment, call us at 202-476-7409 or meet the team.

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"She received her first open heart surgery at nine days old. She was there for two months and during that whole emotional experience, every nurse and doctor that we came into contact with was always caring and understanding."

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About the Fetal Medicine Institute

As one of the country’s foremost fetal programs, we offer experience in diagnosing all congenital conditions and coordinating complicated deliveries.

Comprehensive Care

Our large fetal medicine team includes top-ranked neonatologists, international renowned fetal researchers, and dedicated support specialists.


We provide a healthcare experience designed with you and your baby in mind, and deliver confidence and assurance when parents need it most.

Contact Information

Have a question for us? Find out how to reach us.

Diagnostic Tools and Treatments

We use the most advanced diagnostic tools to identify your baby’s condition and provide treatment planning to ensure your baby has the best start to life possible.

Fetal Connections

Fetal Connections is a quarterly publication from the Fetal Medicine Institute that provides the latest research and information to support fetal medicine practitioners.


We see expectant mothers from around Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia who need specialized expertise at our location in downtown Washington. We also provide imaging services and consultation at various outpatient centers.

Meet the Team

Our providers represent medical and surgical specialties, family practice, and general pediatrics.

Prenatal Diagnosis and Care

The Fetal Medicine Institute at Children’s National in Washington, DC, provides expert prenatal diagnosis and care to help families prepare for a safe delivery.

Related Care Services

Our fetal medicine specialists work closely with other pediatric specialists to ensure an integrated approach to your baby’s treatment plan.

Resources for Families

The Fetal Medicine Institute at Children’s National offers a broad range of support services to help families cope and prepare for their baby’s future.

Resources for Providers

We offer healthcare providers resources for medical education, as well as information about referring patients to the Fetal Medicine Institute.

Specialized Care Programs

Our team of nationally renowned experts delivers advanced care to unborn babies and newborns with complex congenital conditions, including heart conditions and apnea.