Yes, our doctors are currently accepting new patients. Please note the Center only manages pregnancies when a significant birth defect or genetic condition has been detected in the fetus. If you are pregnant and have a high-risk health condition or obstetric complication, a Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist can provide the appropriate care for your pregnancy. For more information click here.
For other pregnancy care, please visit www.columbiaobgyn.org to locate one of our other skilled Columbia University Medical Center obstetricians.
Before your first appointment, one of our Clinical Care Coordinators will call you to discuss your case and review what appointments to expect. They will make sure all appointments are arranged in a timely fashion. As each of our patients are unique and treated individually, the schedule of doctors you see will be tailored specifically to your needs. The doctors will discuss your care options with you and answer any questions that you may have regarding your diagnosis and management. For more info, visit our About Us page.
The Center for Prenatal Pediatrics is dedicated to helping pregnant women and their families after a significant birth defect or genetic condition has been detected. Specialists from both Obstetrics and Pediatrics work together as a team to determine the best way to care for you and your unborn baby, both during and after your pregnancy.
Whenever possible, we create an integrated appointment plan, so that you can meet with the multiple subspecialists involved in your case. Some patients come here for a second opinion and go back to their obstetrician. Other patients transfer their care to Columbia as their delivery date approaches to make sure their baby immediately receives the necessary specialized pediatric care after birth.
For more information and to learn about prenatal pediatrics, please visit the “About Us” page.
Before your first appointment, one of our Clinical Care Coordinators will call you to discuss your case and review what appointments to expect. They will make sure all appointments are arranged in a timely fashion. As each of our patients are unique and treated individually, the schedule of doctors you see will be tailored specifically to your needs. The doctors will discuss your care options with you and answer any questions that you may have regarding your diagnosis and management. For more info, visit our “About Us“ page.
Unless it is required by your insurance provider, you do not need a referral from your doctor. We do require a copy of your medical records from your obstetrician. It is the patient’s responsibility to request these records from their doctor, as we do not request medical records on behalf of potential and current patients.
If you have any additional questions about the Center, you may contact a Clinical Care Coordinator at (877) THE-BABY. They will be happy to answer any of your questions and address concerns you may have about your pregnancy management at the Center.
As a patient at the Center, you will have a primary Perinatologist (an obstetrician that specializes in high-risk pregnancies) that you will see for regular appointments. You may request a particular doctor as your primary Perinatologist at the Center, but you will likely be seen by other doctors for ultrasounds or other services. The doctors at the Center work as a group practice and meet weekly to discuss your care plan. We will do our best to honor your request for a specific physician for services based on their availability. To learn more about our doctors, visit the Our Team page.
If I have multiple appointments with different specialists scheduled at the Center, will all of my appointments be on the same day?
We will make every effort to schedule as many of your appointments as possible for the same day to minimize your travel to the Center.
All of your appointments will be on the Columbia University Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian campus in the Washington Heights area of New York City. Most services are provided at the Center (located in the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital). You will receive specific information and directions if your appointment is in a location other than the Center.
For your first appointment, please bring your health insurance card (if applicable), valid photo ID, and any outstanding medical records that have not already been received by the Center. We also highly recommend that you bring a spouse, partner, family member, or friend for support.
You may bring up to two additional family members or friends, including your spouse or partner.
Children under 12 are not permitted at the Center.
Yes. Please let us know when scheduling your appointment if you would like to request a translator. Translators may be present face-to-face or via telephone.
We request at least 24-hour notice if you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment.
The following are procedures, tests, and specialists that are offered by the Center:
Ultrasound: Detailed sonogram, accompanied by a consultation with Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist (Perinatologist), for confirmation of prenatal diagnosis and discussion of options in the pregnancy.
Fetal MRI: Magnetic resonance imaging, which can better visualize the developing organs. Performed by a radiologist and results reported by the Perinatologist.
Fetal echocardiogram: Performed by a Pediatric Cardiologist, fetal echoes are detailed ultrasounds targeted to the fetal heart. They will check the structure and function of the developing heart.
Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM): Also known as a Perinatologist, an MFM is an obstetrician who takes care of high risk pregnancies and specializes in prenatal ultrasound.
Geneticist/ Genetic Counselor: Specially trained individuals who will review family history and discuss any possible genetic causes of the abnormality, recurrence risks as well as the option for genetic testing available during pregnancy or after birth.
Prenatal Diagnostic/InUtero Procedures: Amniocentesis, Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS), Percutaneous Umbilical Blood Sampling (PUBS), Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA), Laser Photocoagulation
Neonatologist: Pediatricians who specialize in newborns that need extra attention in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). You will have an opportunity to tour the NICU, transitional nursery and possibly Labor floor with a Neonatologist, learn what to expect in the days after giving birth, and become familiar with the facilities and the philosophy of care.
Pediatric Cardiothoracic (CT) Surgeon: These doctors perform surgery to correct congenital heart defects (CHD). They will discuss with you their general surgical approach, and what you might expect after the birth of your baby. The same CT surgeon you meet during your pregnancy will likely be the one to operate on the baby after birth.
Pediatric Surgeon: A Pediatric Surgeon will thoroughly discuss with you the general surgical approach taken, and what you might expect after the birth of your baby. The same pediatric surgeon you meet during your pregnancy will likely be the one to operate on the baby after birth.
Pediatric Neurologist: A Pediatric Neurologist specializes in conditions of the central nervous system, which includes the brain and spinal cord.
Pediatric Urologist: A Pediatric Urologist specializes in conditions of the kidney and bladder.
Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon: A Pediatric Orthopedist specializes in conditions of the skeleton, bones and spine.
We will be happy to send a copy of your medical records, along with your ultrasound images, to your obstetrician after receiving your signed medical release form. If you would like a copy of your MRI images to be sent to your obstetrician, contact the MRI department at (212) 305-9824.
Ultrasounds performed either abdominally or transvaginally are safe during pregnancy. You can read more about ultrasounds at our Prenatal Imaging page.
MRI during pregnancy is believed to be safe with no adverse risks on unborn babies. For additional information on fetal MRI, visit our Prenatal Imaging page.
Arrangements for delivery at Columbia University Medical Center will be made with your perinatologist (primary doctor at the Center). Click here for more information on giving birth at CUMC and for a virtual tour of our labor and delivery floor.
We know that the decision to terminate due to complications can be a difficult and sensitive issue. Please speak with one of our Clinical Care Coordinators at (877) THE-BABY.
We accept most insurance plans, but please contact your insurance provider prior to making your first appointment. You can also contact a Clinical Care Coordinator for more information and to discuss coverage at (877) THE-BABY.
To learn about your financial options, please contact a Clinical Care Counselor at (877) THE-BABY. Our staff will carefully explain all costs and fees associated with your care plan and work with you on options for assistance.
The Center for Prenatal Pediatrics is located in the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York at 3959 Broadway, between 166th and 168th Streets. For directions to the Center via car and public transportation, please visit our Contact Us page.
Yes, parking is available in several nearby garages. Please visit our Contact Us page for more information, including valet and street parking. We do not validate parking for any garages.
I am interested in receiving care at the Center, but I do not live in the area. Is it still possible for me to become a patient?
Yes, we have many patients who select the Center for prenatal pediatric care but live out of town or internationally. We will work with your local obstetrician to facilitate any tests or services that can be performed near your home to minimize your travel to the Center for optimal co-managed care.