Prenatal Diagnosis and Treatment

What to Expect

COVID-19: What to Expect for Your Child’s Safety at In-Person Appointments

We’ve made a lot of changes to our facilities to protect our patients, families and staff from covid-19. Every patient is allowed to have a maximum of one parent or caregiver accompany them. Everyone else, including siblings of any age, may not come along. When you come for your appointment, you will see that we’re requiring everyone to wear masks at all times, cleaning check-in and registration desks between visits, screening for symptoms at all entrances and have set up our spaces to encourage social distancing. Watch what to expect at your clinic visit during COVID-19 (video). Learn more about the rest of the safety measures we have in place.

Clinic Visit

    • Fax us records. Ask your primary care pregnancy provider to fax us records about your pregnancy, including lab results, ultrasound reports, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and your health history. Our fax number is 206-987-2962. Often, medical offices can also send us ultrasound images electronically.
    • Try to limit caffeine before your visit.
    • You do not need a full bladder for this appointment.
    • Arrive 15 minutes early to register. If you are more than 20 minutes late for your appointment, we may have to reschedule.
    • Learn more about what to do before your appointment.
    • Plan to be at the clinic for 1 to 4 hours, depending on how many diagnostic exams you will have and specialists you will see.
    • If you bring your children, please bring another adult to care for them. This is especially important if you will be having an imaging exam (fetal echocardiogramultrasound or MRI scan) since you cannot watch your child during the exam.
    • During your first visit, we will take a detailed heath history and review medical records sent to us. Sometimes we will do ultrasounds or other tests to get more information.
    • We will try to answer all your questions. Please ask if anything is not clear.
    • Some women come to this clinic only once. Others return for more appointments.
    • We will work to clarify or to rule out certain medical conditions. We will give you as much information as we can about the condition and your treatment options.
    • We will work with you and your providers to make a plan for next steps in pregnancy care. Each provider who sees you will write notes for your medical chart. We will send a copy to your primary care provider.
    • You may have imaging studies to help diagnose or monitor your baby’s condition (ultrasoundfetal echocardiogram or a fetal MRI scan). We may repeat tests to see how things are changing during your pregnancy.
    • The specialists you see depend on the medical concern. You may meet with:
      • Pediatric medical or surgical specialists from Seattle Children’s.
      • maternal-fetal medicine specialist from the University of Washington.
      • genetic counselor who can explain prenatal testing or results of tests you already had. The genetic counselor can talk with you about how this pregnancy fits into the context of your family and what you might expect for future pregnancies.
      • social worker who helps your family deal with the emotional and practical challenges of a complicated pregnancy. Our team provides support as you make care plans that are right for your family.
    • Clinic nurses will answer your questions and help you keep track of the providers you see and the purpose and results of appointments. They also help coordinate next steps.
    • Learn more about the Prenatal team.
  • Most of the time the team will be able to talk with you about a likely diagnosis at the first visit. Sometimes providers cannot tell exactly what is wrong until your baby is born. This can be for several reasons, including: 

    • Limitations of current technology and testing during pregnancy
    • The nature of different body tissues before birth
    • Differences between how the body works when connected to the placenta during pregnancy, compared to how the body works after birth
    • Your appointment reminder notice
    • Your insurance cards/Medicaid medical coupon
    • Your Social Security number
    • Medicines or a list of them. Include nonprescription items like vitamins and herbs. Include the name, dose (amount) and instructions.
    • Forms you need to have signed by our providers
    • Snacks and drinks for yourself
    • If you bring your children, please bring another adult to care for them. The length and nature of your visit make it difficult for children to attend or for you to supervise their safety.
    • For a fetal echocardiogram or ultrasound, the doctor will review the results with you soon after the exam.
    • For fetal MRI scans, usually you will have an appointment with the doctor to review results about a week after the MRI. If you are a MySeattleChildrens member, you can check online for some of your results.
  • Call 206-987-5629 as soon as possible.

  • Get maps and directions to the Prenatal Clinic at Springbrook Professional Center.

    Arrive 15 minutes before your appointment to allow time for registration.

More information

For more information on visiting Seattle Children’s clinics, please see Your Child’s Clinic Visit.


Call 206-987-5629 if you have questions for our team.

Services Offered at Our Different Locations

Most prenatal visits take place at our Prenatal Clinic at the Springbrook Professional Center, a block from our main Seattle hospital campus. Services there include: 

  • Fetal echocardiogram with cardiology consultation
  • Ultrasounds
  • Consultations with a doctor who specializes in high-risk pregnancies
  • Consultations with pediatric medical and surgical specialists. These include cardiac surgery, pediatric surgery, ear-nose-throat (ENT), genetic counseling, genetics, neurodevelopmental, neurology, nephrology and urology. If you need to see more than 1 specialist, we try to coordinate your visits. 

We offer other services at more than a dozen locations. If you have a referral from your pregnancy care provider, use the phone numbers listed below to schedule appointments.

At Seattle Children’s main campus in Seattle we offer: 

At our Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center we offer: 

Fetal echocardiogram with cardiology consultation is offered at these locations

Contact Us

For more information, contact the Prenatal Clinic at 206-987-5629. If you would like an appointment, ask your pregnancy care provider for a referral.

Providers, see how to refer a patient.

Paying for Care

Learn about paying for care at Seattle Children’s, including insurance coverage, billing and financial assistance.