Obstetrics & Gynecology

Pregnancy Information for Medical Professionals

The divisions of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Ultrasound and Genetics and Newborn Medicine make it easy to refer your patients for services at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children's Hospital. Our service provides expert medical diagnosis and management while optimizing efficiency and communication with referring physicians.

Through our dedicated perinatal outreach coordinator, you'll have a streamlined source to coordinate the multi-specialty appointments for your patient, assist your patients and her family in navigating our facility and communicate our recommendations directly to your office in a timely manner.

We're also available to you by phone to provide opinions, one-time consultations or follow-up consultations.Our services are provided by board-certified or board-eligible Washington University physicians.

Our Services Include:

Maternal-Fetal Medicine:

  • Preconception and prenatal consultation and/or management of your high-risk patients.
  • Coordination of care arranged with any subspecialty group that may be indicated for your patient and/or her unborn child.
  • Multidisciplinary care team approach to provide optimal patient care.


  • Comprehensive ultrasound evaluation of fetal anatomy for diagnosis and management during pregnancy.
  • Prenatal testing for patients at risk for genetically linked disorders performed on-site by physicians specializing in their field.
  • All patients undergoing genetic testing meet with a genetic counselor before any testing procedure to assure adequate understanding of the risks, benefits and limitations of any testing procedure.

Pediatric Services:

  • Each pediatric service includes consultation with the referring physician.
  • Cardiology: Diagnostic procedures such as in-utero fetal cardiac echo.
  • Radiology: In-utero fetal MRI for suspected fetal anomalies.
  • Surgery: Indications include suspected fetal abdominal wall defect.
  • Neurosurgery: Indications include suspected fetal hydrocephaly, CNS abnormalities and spina bifida.
  • Maxillofacial deformities: Indications include suspected cleft lip and palate deformities. These patients are encouraged to be seen in the Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic before delivery and meet with specialists regarding individualized feeding needs in the newborn period.

Social Work and Chaplaincy Program:

Our compassionate, experienced staff provides professional expertise and care to help families cope with the psychological, financial, social and emotional needs that impact the high-risk pregnancy and newborn period. We can also coordinate housing for patient, as necessary.

How to Refer a Patient

Outpatient Referral or Emergency Maternal Transfers:

Call the Doctors' Access Line anytime 24 hours a day at 800-252-DOCS (252-3627) to talk to a specialist, to request more information, or to refer a pregnant patient for any high-risk consultation.

More information about Maternal Fetal Transport.

Emergency Transport of Newborns:

Call the Children's Direct physician access line at 800-678-4357 for emergency referral and transport of newborns or children.

Baby Born with CDH

Baby Anna is a special little girl. She was born with congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH). But even before she was born, Anna and her mom were being cared for by the specialists at the Fetal Care Center. After being born at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, she spent the first few weeks of her life in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at St. Louis Children's Hospital. Learn more about Anna's remarkable story.


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