Having a baby with a health condition can be a challenging situation. But you and your family don’t have to face it alone.
At the Women & Infants Center, we provide support services to address the informational, physical, emotional and spiritual challenges of being pregnant with or having a critically ill child. We help families from diagnosis, through treatment and afterward, during recovery at home.
Support Services for Families With Babies in the Hospital
As part of the Women & Infants Center, we provide services for you and your family during a difficult time. Our experienced staff provides compassionate support, offering the following services:
- Family Resource Center (FRC) at St. Louis Children's Hospital: The FRC is a library with nurses and medical librarians to help parents and children with research about conditions, diagnoses and child development. Learn more about the Family Resource Center.
- Perinatal Behavioral Health Service (PBHS): The stress and anxiety that having a seriously ill baby can cause are high-risk factors for postpartum depression. The perinatal behavioral health service team provides screening, evaluation and treatment for women and their partners who are experiencing pregnancy-related or postpartum depression, anxiety and other mood changes.
- Pediatric advanced care team (PACT): PACT providers help families who have babies with chronic, complex or life-limiting medical conditions. We walk you through potentially difficult medical issues and decision making to help you make plans and find comfort and peace. Learn more about PACT and pediatric palliative care.
- Wings perinatal hospice program: The Wings program helps families who are facing the birth of an infant with a terminal condition. Wings helps create a bridge from pregnancy to parenthood to bereavement to help families cope. Through Wings, highly skilled specialists work with your family and medical team to develop a personalized care plan for your family during pregnancy, delivery and the time following the baby's birth. Learn more about the Wings perinatal hospice program.
- Spiritual care services: Chaplains provide spiritual care at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children's Hospital 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They are committed to holistic care for body, mind and spirit.
To make an appointment with a Washington University specialist at the Women & Infants Center, call 855.925.0631.