Rachael Bradshaw is the St. Louis Fetal Care Institute’s Genetic Counselor. She works with families to gather family history and genetic information to help provide them with all of the information they need to make the best decisions for their family. She also helps coordinate genetic testing for the baby both pre- and post-delivery, as well as for other family members.
Rachael finds this coordination of information critical in the care of every patient. “Even if a baby has a common diagnosis, every baby with that diagnosis is different. This is what makes visits with a team of different specialists so important. We need to work to make sure all of the pieces of the puzzle are in place so families can make an informed decision,” says Rachael.
“Although I wish families never had to deal with abnormal prenatal diagnoses, the best possible thing we can do is make them as comfortable with the information as possible as well as help them advocate for the best health care available for themselves and their baby,” she explains.
In addition to being a genetic counselor, Rachael is an Assistant Professor for the St. Louis University Department of Pediatrics, Division of Medical Genetics where she assists in the training of medical students, residents and fellows in genetics. Prior to joining the St. Louis Fetal Care Institute Rachael was a Genetic Counselor and Clinical Instructor for Ob/Gyn Residents at Washington University School of Medicine.
Her research has been published in The American Journal of Perinatology, The Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine and Obstetric Imaging. She has also served as an invited lecturer at numerous conferences and events around the country. Using her bi-lingual skills, Rachael has provided genetic counseling to Spanish speaking clients and assisted in translation of study recruitment materials and patient letters in Cincinnati and St. Louis.
Rachael, her husband and their toddler son love city life, and spend a lot of time outdoors at the Missouri Botanical Garden and Tower Grove Park. As the daughter of booksellers, she also loves reading.