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.
Sometimes babies show signs of potential health risks even before they’re born. At Children’s National Hospital, 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.Our team – which includes top physicians in every specialty – can diagnose your baby and provide consultation with other specialists all in the same day. That way, we can create a treatment plan that’s just right for your family. We provide:
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.
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Adre Du Plessis
Division Chief, Fetal and Transitional Medicine Director, Fetal Medicine InstituteDirector, Fetal Brain Program
Co-Director, Congenital Infection Program Director, Fetal and Neonatal Fellowship Fetal and Neonatal Neurologist
Roberta L. DeBiasi
Division Chief, Infectious DiseasesCo-Director, Congenital Zika ProgramCo-Director, Congenital Infection Program Investigator, Children's Research Institute
Director, Positive Reevaluation of Urogenital Differences (PROUD) Clinic Director, Pediatric and Adolescent GynecologyPediatric and Adolescent Gynecologist
Director, Comprehensive Hemostasis and Thrombosis Program Hematologist
Division Chief, Neurosurgery
Chief, Division of UrologyUrologist
Billie Lou Short
Division Chief, Neonatology
Medical Director, Outpatient Cardiology
Director, Fetal Heart ProgramCo-Director, Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Outcome Program Advanced Imaging Cardiologist
Associate Division Chief, CardiologyDirector, Echocardiography
Vice Chief, Neurosurgery Neurosurgeon
Advanced Imaging Cardiologist
Associate Director, EchocardiographyAdvanced Imaging Cardiologist
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
Division Chief, Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology
Director, Myelin Disorders Program Director, Fetal Genetics Program Medical and Biochemical Geneticist
Medical Unit Director, Prince George's County Regional Outpatient Center, CNH Clinical Associate Professor, Urology and Pediatrics, CNH and George Washington University Hospital Urologist
Associate Chief, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine
Director, Residency ResearchAssistant Program Director, Pediatric ResidencyNeonatologist
Division Chief, Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine
Director, Cleft and Craniofacial ProgramDirector, Plastic Surgery FellowshipPlastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
Co-Director of the Cochlear Implant Program Otolaryngologist
Division Chief, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Harry Rushton Jr.
Emeritus Chair and Faculty, Division of Urology | Urologist
Senior Vice President and Surgeon-in-Chief Joseph E. Robert Jr., Center for Surgical Care
Vice PresidentChief Quality and Safety OfficerActing CMIO
Director, Bone Health ProgramOrthopaedic Surgeon
L Gilbert Vezina
Director, Neuroradiology Program Neuroradiologist
When pregnant women experience elevated anxiety, stress or depression, these prenatal stressors can alter the structure of the developing fetal brain and disrupt its biochemistry - even if these women have uncomplicated pregnancies and high socioeconomic status, according to Children’s National Hospital research published online Jan. 29, 2020, in JAMA Network Open.