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Pediatric Specialties

Babies who are born with medical conditions need specialized care. Our high-risk pregnancy experts at the Fetal Care Center partner with pediatric specialists at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Together, this team develops a comprehensive treatment plan for your baby while in the womb and after delivery.

Pediatric Specialties at St. Louis Children’s Hospital

Based on your baby’s health, we connect you with the specialists trained to treat your baby’s unique needs. During pregnancy, you meet regularly with these pediatric experts, developing trusted relationships before they begin caring for your newborn.

Our pediatric specialties include:

Surgical specialists

  • Cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery: Specialists at our Fetal Heart Center diagnose heart defects and manage the health of babies with heart problems. Heart surgeons perform surgery to treat congenital heart disease.
  • Neurosurgery: These experts diagnose, treat and manage problems involving the brain, spine or nervous system. Our pediatric neurosurgery department is rated among the best in the country.
  • Pediatric surgery: Our surgeons are specifically trained in surgery, including laparoscopic procedures, for even the most complex infant health problems. We have the largest pediatric surgical services team in the St. Louis metropolitan area.
  • Otolaryngology (head and neck) surgery: These ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialists treat birth defects affecting the face, head and neck, including cleft lip and palate.
  • Reconstructive/plastic surgery and dentistry: Babies born with cleft lip or cleft palate, openings in the lip or roof of the mouth, receive dedicated care at our Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Institute.
  • Urology: Urologists focus on urinary and genital problems, such as bladder obstructions and kidney problems. Find out more about urology services.

Pediatric subspecialists

  • Gastroenterology: These digestive tract specialists care for babies born with bowel obstructions and digestion, liver or nutrition problems. Learn more about gastroenterology and nutrition.
  • Genetics: These experts treat children born with genetic conditions from birth through adulthood. They also counsel families about genetic conditions. Read about genetics and genomic medicine.
  • Hematology-oncology: We have one of the most comprehensive hematology, oncology and bone marrow transplant clinics for the treatment of childhood cancers in the state.
  • Neurology: These specialists treat neurological problems, including seizures, cerebral palsy and brain malformations. Neurologists in our Neurocritical Care Program care for infants in our newborn intensive care unit (NICU).
  • Neonatology: Pediatricians provide care for critically ill newborns.
  • Pulmonology: Lung specialists care for babies with breathing problems, including cystic fibrosis and lung cysts. We have one of the world’s largest pediatric lung transplant programs. Learn more about pulmonary medicine.

Therapeutic specialists

  • Developmental therapy: Experts in our department of therapy services provide physical, occupational and speech therapy for children with developmental delays.

Contact Us

To make an appointment with a Washington University fetal care specialist at the Women & Infants Center, call 314.454.5437.