Prenatal Diagnosis and Care

When you come to Children’s National, your baby is in good hands. We treat rare, complex birth defects every day. This level of experience is only available in the country’s top programs.

High-Risk Prenatal Services at the Fetal Medicine Institute

Prenatal (during pregnancy) services at the Fetal Medicine Institute include gathering as much information as possible about your unborn baby. We interpret test results and use the information to create a comprehensive and personalized treatment plan. This allows us to give your baby the best possible care starting the moment he or she is born.

    Genetic and Prenatal Counseling at the Fetal Medicine Institute

    With more than 4,000 annual visits and 12 physicians, Children’s National offers the largest clinical genetics and metabolism program in the United States. Our genetic counselors provide care in a compassionate, respectful, and family-centered environment.

    Prenatal counseling available through the Fetal Medicine Institute includes:

    • Diagnostic testing: Our fetal medicine team analyzes prenatal test results and imaging scans. Based on our evaluation, we determine if additional testing is needed. We let you know if your baby is at risk for certain genetic conditions and provide DNA testing.
    • Genetic counseling: Our genetic counselors review any previous test results or medical evaluations before your initial visit. During your visit, we gather an extensive family medical history to identify additional risk factors. We also offer preconception counseling.

    Fetal Medicine Institute: Seamless Prenatal Care Experience

    You can relax knowing that continuity of care is at the heart of what we do. Our entire clinical team meets on a weekly basis to discuss individual care plans. This helps us ensure we are providing the best possible care for your baby’s condition and that we’re ready to deliver treatments as soon as your baby needs them.

    We make it easy for you to work with us by:

    • Partnering with your referring provider: Our care coordinators and patient liaison keep your obstetrician or maternal-fetal medicine specialist informed of your baby’s diagnosis and anticipated treatment plan. Working together, we help you prepare for a safe delivery.
    • Keeping in touch with you throughout your pregnancy: With a dedicated fetal program patient liaison, we keep you well informed about next steps in your baby’s care. If you have any questions or concerns, we’re always just a phone call away.
    • Keeping your care team consistent: From prenatal care to neonatal care and beyond, you work with the same physicians and specialists. Even if your baby will be receiving care in the neonatal intensive care unit or one of our specialized care programs, we make every effort to introduce you to the physicians and specialists who will be taking care of your baby before he or she is born.

    Learn more about delivery planning and neonatal care.

    Contact Us

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