Washington University, in conjunction with the BJC Health System, opened the Teen Pregnancy Clinic in February 1999 to provide a full scope of care to pregnant adolescents up to the age of 17 or if still enrolled in high school.
The clinic was designed to allow pregnant teens to receive medical, educational and counseling services without interfering with their school day. The clinic offers convenient after-school hours from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. each Monday.
To enroll in the Teen Pregnancy Clinic, call 314 454-8112 and speak to our special teen nurse facilitator, if they are working with another call, please leave a message, so they may contact you.
The Teen Pregnancy Clinic offers any number of services, including the following:
- Medical care is provided by a special Teen Team of health-care providers, including a physician and nurse practitioner, who are especially interested in working with teens.
- Health education is provided about the teen’s pregnancy, including teen-only childbirth classes, as well as planning for future pregnancies, family health and nutritional services.
- Counseling is offered to help teens be the best parents that they can be, as well as help with school and job plans, family problems, and other issues.
- Referrals by a social worker to other medical services and community resources also are offered.
Teen Clinic patients are encouraged to bring their baby’s father to the clinic. If the pregnant teen has other children, they may also attend clinic sessions. Parents or best friends may also be part of the clinic.
Teen Pregnancy Clinic Directions
The Teen Pregnancy Clinic meets in the Obstetrics and Gynecologic Clinic, Maternity Building on the first floor. Enter at main entrance of Barnes-Jewish Hospital on One Barnes-Jewish Hospital Drive, St. Louis, MO, 63110. Ask the Information Desk for specific directions to the Obstetric and Gynecologic Clinic on the first floor.
Parking and Reimbursement
Park in the Barnes-Jewish South parking garage. Bring in your parking ticket for 100% parking reimbursement. Some surface parking is available at meters. Teen Pregnancy Clinic facilitators will also work with patients’ health insurance programs to help arrange transportation to and from the clinic, if needed.
What Patients Should Expect
Although parents of adolescent teens may have health insurance, they may not have coverage for their daughters’ pregnancies. Parents are encouraged to call their health insurance providers regarding current coverage.
Social workers at the Teen Pregnancy Clinic can help parents and pregnant teens enroll in health insurance programs to cover obstetrical care.