Fetal Cardiology Program
Over the past 30 years, the medical community has made strides in learning how the heart develops and identifying defects and malformations of the heart, even before your baby is born.
Your obstetrician may recommend you see a fetal cardiologist if you have certain risk factors, including:
- Metabolic disorders
- Autoimmune disease
- Gestational diabetes
- Teratogenic exposures
- In-vitro fertilization
- Abnormal level II fetal ultrasound
- Known or suspected fetal arrhythmia
- Family history of congenital heart disease
The fetal cardiology program at Cohen Children’s Heart Center provides comprehensive, state-of-the-art diagnosis and care for fetuses with congenital heart diseases. We diagnose and, when appropriate, treat heart disease before the baby is born. Our fetal cardiologists use a specialized ultrasound called a fetal echocardiogram to detect heart problems before your baby is born so that we can plan ahead and coordinate any necessary care your child might need. In cases where treatment is not an option prior to birth, we work with your care team to coordinate your birth plan and immediate treatment options for your baby.
Our team of fetal and pediatric cardiologists, pediatric heart surgeons, high-risk obstetricians, neonatologists, and genetic counselors meets monthly to discuss cases and care plans for each baby. As you prepare for delivery, the team, which includes you and your obstetrician, will ensure you and your baby get the care and support you need.
Why choose us?
Patients continually trust us because of our coordinated and compassionate care.
Coordinated care: Hearing your child might have heart problems even before they’re born can be frightening. We help ease some of the worries by coordinating care for all our patients. We hold regular multidisciplinary fetal patient management conferences as a forum for discussion of fetal cardiology patients. These meetings include fetal cardiologists, a fetal nurse coordinator, cardiothoracic surgeons, perinatologists, maternal fetal medicine patient navigators, neonatologists, geneticists, sonographers, fellows and other trainees.
Compassionate care: Our patients are important to us. That’s why we have dedicated staff that manages all appointments for our patients. Patients who missed or canceled appointments are contacted to ensure they are given an opportunity to reschedule in a timely manner. Our nurse coordinator serves as a resource for education and support, as well as serving as a liaison between the patients and healthcare providers. We have a physician available 24 hours a day to answer any questions that may arise.