​Children's Heart Center

Fetal Heart Program

Approximately one out of every 100 newborns is found to have a congenital heart defect. Although heart defects are one of the most common abnormalities identified at birth, the majority of children who are properly diagnosed and treated are able to lead active and productive lives well into adulthood. It is with this knowledge that we’ve made early detection the primary focus of our fetal heart program.

Through various tests, consultations and continuous care, we are able to provide the most comprehensive multidisciplinary fetal cardiac care in the state. Our program also emphasizes family-centered education and counseling to provide recommendations and information about treatment options every step of the way.

By maintaining this level of focus across the continuum of care, our program is able to improve the overall quality of care and prognoses for babies diagnosed with congenital heart disease during the prenatal period.

Continuous support

Every family who is part of the Fetal Heart Program will receive support from a team dedicated to the well-being of both mom and baby before, during and after birth. Your maternal, fetal and pediatric cardiology team includes highly specialized nurses, physicians, surgeons and maternal-fetal and neonatal specialists who are truly experts in your child’s condition, along with: 

  • Fetal cardiologists
  • Cardiac surgeons
  • Cardiac intensivists
  • Cardiac anesthesiologists
  • Pediatric electrophysiologists

Multidisciplinary expertise

​Services are overseen and coordinated by a core team of fetal and pediatric experts. As each case requires, the team brings on additional specialists across disciplines, including anesthesia, cardiology, general surgery, genetics, neonatology, neurology, neuroradiology, neurosurgery, nursing, orthopedics, ear nose and throat, patient services, plastic surgery, radiology and urology. The specialists are experts in pediatric care and provide information to parents on what to expect after delivery regarding surgery, hospitalization, and long-term outcomes.

This multidisciplinary approach ensures a fully coordinated care plan, one that is built on the collaborative involvement of Children's pediatric experts and on-going communication with the patient and primary obstetric team.