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High Risk Postnatal Care

After your baby has been born, our fetal and transitional medicine team continues providing comprehensive, personalized care. The team that worked with you during pregnancy and delivery is the same team caring for your baby now, ensuring smooth, seamless continuity of care. The specialists at the Fetal Medicine Institute of the Children’s National Health System are committed to giving your baby the best possible start in life.

About this Treatment

About this Treatment

Your baby’s postnatal care plan will depend on his or her medical condition and where you delivered. You can feel reassured that our team will seamlessly coordinate your baby’s care. Our fetal medicine specialists will work closely with your family and your baby’s pediatrician to ensure your baby receives the most comprehensive care:

  • The Fetal Medicine Institute has 19 subspecialties and over 50 specialists at Children’s National who provide expert prenatal diagnosis for conditions that affect babies during pregnancy. By keeping your baby’s caretakers the same before and after birth, we are able to seamlessly care for your baby as she or he transitions from fetal to newborn life and beyond.
  • In rare cases, our Critical Care Delivery Service team may determine during the pregnancy that you need to deliver close to or at Children’s National. This is the case when interventions need to begin soon or immediately after birth. If transport is needed, our transport medicine team will arrange for the safe transfer of your baby to our hospital. If your baby is delivered here, our specialists will be ready to care for your baby the minute she or he is born. Learn more about high-risk delivery.

Applicable Conditions

Applicable Conditions

If your baby requires critical care after birth, we will coordinate her/his transfer to one of our critical care units:

  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). We run the only Level IV NICU in the region. A Level IV NICU, as designated by the American Academy of Pediatrics, provides the highest level of care to our most fragile patients. We have advanced monitoring and intervention technology so we can give your baby the expert care she or he needs. In addition, we want you and your family to be as comfortable as possible during your stay. Our NICU features private rooms, rocking chairs, sleep rooms with private bathrooms, washers and dryers for parents, and sibling play zones. Learn more about our NICU.
  • Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (cardiac ICU). Our cardiac ICU provides a high level of care to babies born with heart conditions. Our Fetal Heart Program specialists use the latest pediatric heart technology to treat and protect your baby’s heart. Learn more about our cardiac ICU.

Children's Team

Children's Team


Donofrio M

Mary Donofrio

Cardiologist | Director, Fetal Heart Program | Co-Director, Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Outcome Program
Anne Massaro

An Massaro


Pediatric Residency Assistant Program Director, Director of Residency Research



Fetal Medicine Institute

The Fetal Medicine Institute at Children’s National in Washington, DC, provides specialized care for babies during pregnancy, delivery and after birth.


Whether your infant has arrived prematurely or has a critical illness, the Children’s National top-ranked team assists in coordinating every service you and your baby need, including consultations, assessments, emergency treatments and continuing care.

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