Moving quickly matters most when something isn't right with an unborn baby. The Prenatal Pediatrics 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 Prenatal Pediatrics 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 Prenatal Pediatrics 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-prenatal 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.
For questions about the Prenatal Pediatrics Institute or to schedule an in-person appointment or telehealth visit, please call 202-476-7409.
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Adre Du Plessis
Division Chief, Prenatal and Transitional PediatricsDirector, Prenatal Pediatrics InstituteDirector, Prenatal Brain Program
Medical Director, Outpatient Cardiology
Advanced Imaging Cardiologist
Director, Prenatal Cardiology ProgramCo-Director, Cardiac Neurodevelopmental Outcome Program Advanced Imaging Cardiologist
Associate Director, EchocardiographyAdvanced Imaging Cardiologist
Associate Division Chief, CardiologyDirector, Echocardiography
Director, Myelin Disorders Program Director, Fetal Genetics Program Medical and Biochemical Geneticist
Director, Positive Reevaluation of Urogenital Differences (PROUD) Clinic Director, Pediatric and Adolescent GynecologyPediatric and Adolescent Gynecologist
Director, Comprehensive Hemostasis and Thrombosis Program Hematologist
Roberta L. DeBiasi
Division Chief, Infectious DiseasesCo-Director, Congenital Zika ProgramCo-Director, Congenital Infection Program Investigator, Children's Research Institute
Billie Lou Short
Division Chief, Neonatology
Director, Residency ResearchAssistant Program Director, Pediatric ResidencyNeonatologist
Director, Neonatal Neurology and Neonatal Neurocritical Care ProgramNeonatal and Prenatal Neurologist
Co-Director, Congenital Infection Program Director, Prenatal and Neonatal Fellowship Prenatal and Neonatal Neurologist
Division Chief, Neurosurgery
Vice Chief, Neurosurgery Neurosurgeon
Associate Chief, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine
Division Chief, Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine
Director, Bone Health ProgramOrthopaedic Surgeon
Co-Director of the Cochlear Implant Program Otolaryngologist
Vice PresidentChief Quality and Safety OfficerActing CMIO
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
Director, Cleft and Craniofacial ProgramDirector, Plastic Surgery FellowshipPlastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
Division Chief, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Division Chief, Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology
L Gilbert Vezina
Director, Neuroradiology Program Neuroradiologist
Senior Vice President and Surgeon-in-Chief Joseph E. Robert Jr., Center for Surgical Care
Chief, Division of UrologyUrologist
Medical Unit Director, Prince George's County Clinical Associate Professor, Urology and Pediatrics, CNH and George Washington University Hospital Urologist
Harry Rushton Jr.
Emeritus Chair and Faculty, Division of Urology | Urologist
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.