The SSM Health St. Louis Fetal Care Institute offers fetal care coordination, a team-based approach to create the right plan of care for you, your family, and your unborn child.
This method of coordinating care allows us to provide families with the most accurate information, so that you as parents can make informed decisions. We hope to provide as much information and support as possible to you and your family during a very stressful time. Our team knows that every case is unique and we will work with you to meet the needs of your family.
Ultimately, we aim to achieve the best possible outcomes for you, your baby and your family by:
•Incorporating cutting-edge technology to diagnose, monitor, and treat your baby.
•Improving communications between doctors, nurses, staff, and your family.
•Doing everything we can to prepare for and treat complications during complex deliveries.
Your Fetal Care Institute Journey
A family’s journey with the St. Louis Fetal Care Institute starts with a call from a potential patient, or a referring physician.
Preparing For Your First Visit
The St. Louis Fetal Care Institute team will review your case and one of our our care coordinators will call to welcome you to the program and arrange your initial visit.
Your care coordinator will plan your initial St. Louis Fetal Care visit. She will contact your ob/gyn to obtain your current medical records, arrange appointments with pediatric specialists who will be involved in the care of your baby and maternal fetal medicine specialists responsible for your care. She will also schedule any testing that will need to be done at your initial appointment.
Your First Visit
Your first visit at the St. Louis Fetal Care institute will likely be a full day of meeting with specialists, and testing such as detailed ultrasounds and possibly a fetal MRI and fetal ECHO (echocardiogram). Throughout the day, we will collect all the diagnostic information from these tests, talk to you about your family history and discuss your unique family needs.
You will meet with a wide variety of caregivers and medical specialists who will work with you throughout your pregnancy, including a genetic counselor, social worker, sonographer, Footprints coordinator, and financial counselor.
You will also talk with pediatric and maternal fetal medicine physicians specialized in the care of certain conditions, depending on the needs of you and your baby.
After all of your consultations, the St. Louis Fetal Care Institute team will meet as a group to discuss your case: the prognosis, any uncertainties, and recommendations for the pregnancy and delivery.
Then, we will meet with you and your family to discuss your unique situation, present available options and answer any questions you have. We may provide guidance regarding the monitoring of your pregnancy, follow-up testing, interventions, therapy during pregnancy and after delivery, delivery time, delivery location, mode of delivery and follow-up after birth.
Every pregnancy is different. Some situations will require frequent follow-up visits with our team and the team of pediatric specialists to plan for delivery, while others may simply require general monitoring throughout the pregnancy.
Throughout your time with us we will work with you to create a birth plan. Our goal is to create a plan of care that can be shared with everyone involved in the care of you and your baby during pregnancy, at delivery, and into the future.
Communication is a cornerstone of our program and we are here for you. If you have any questions do not hesitate to call, we’re available 24-hours a day, seven days a week by calling (314)-268-4037.