Moving quickly matters most when something isn't right with an unborn baby. The Fetal Medicine Institute gets diagnosis and treatment advances to families faster.
Across the Children's National Health System, caring for children is our passion. The Fetal Medicine Institute provides care even before children are born.
Our fetal medicine experts work with families whose unborn babies have a known or suspected medical condition. Our team of specialists works with referring obstetricians and maternal-fetal medicine specialists to develop a comprehensive fetal care plan for pregnancy, delivery, and the postnatal period.
Our goal is simple: Give all of our babies the best possible start in life. Beginning in pregnancy and transitioning to delivery and the newborn stage, we provide personal, comprehensive services to you and your baby.
Our fundamental goal is to provide you with the most accurate information about your baby’s condition. We aim to make sure that you are as informed as you can be to make decisions that are best for your baby, you, and your family.
Features of the Fetal Medicine Institute include:
Continuity of care from prenatal to postnatal life is at the heart of what we do. There are many specialists involved in diagnoses and care during pregnancy, delivery, and the newborn period. We ensure that there is seamless coordination among all of the specialists on your team through these phases. We do this by:
At the Fetal Medicine Institute of Children’s National, you and your baby will have access to one of the largest and most experienced teams of fetal medicine specialists in the nation. We have over 50 specialists working in our Fetal Medicine Institute from the following subspecialties:
There have been major advances in prenatal and neonatal (newborn) care in recent years, due in large part to babies and families who have participated in past research studies. In addition to our dedication to improving the lives of current babies, we constantly seek to advance the fetal and transitional medicine field for future babies through our pioneering research.
Currently, we are developing advanced techniques for diagnosing high-risk fetal conditions as early as possible. In addition, we are testing advanced monitoring systems for newborn babies who require critical care.
Learn more about fetal and transitional medicine at Children’s National:
Dorothy Bulas, MD, works in Children’s Division of Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology. She is a pediatric radiologist with special interest in cross sectional imaging, particularly ultrasound.
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
Fetal and Pediatric Cardiologist
Adre Du Plessis
Director, Fetal Medicine Institute
Division Chief, Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
Division Chief, Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
Division Chief, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Harry Rushton Jr.
Division Chief, Urology
Billie Lou Short
Division Chief, Neonatology
L Gilbert Vezina
Drs. Adré du Plessis and Catherine Limperopoulos tell WAMU’s Metro Connection about being partners in life, and also in science. At Children’s National they focus on fetal brain development in the Fetal Medicine Institute.
We provide a healthcare experience designed with kids in mind, and delivers confidence and assurance when parents need it most.
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We see children from around the Washington, DC, metropolitan region, nation, and world who need the kind of specialized expertise and child-focused care we offer.
Our providers represent medical and surgical specialties, family practice, and general pediatrics.
Pediatric specialists work closely to ensure an integrated approach to caring for each child and family.
We offer resources for families to help answer questions and ease their experience.
We value the network of referring physicians and staff and offers resources for medical education and referring patients.
We provide suggested treatments to compliment top-notch medical education and experience.