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Here at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, we pride ourselves on our world-class physicians and our nationally-recognized team of researchers and departments of pediatric medicine. A child not yet born is just as important to us. We work tirelessly to find innovative and aggressive treatment plans for every child who comes through our doors, even if he/she is not yet born. Our fetal echocardiograms will help you determine the condition of your child’s heart and what steps will be necessary upon birth in order to ensure that your baby has the best quality of life.
Our physicians and specialists work collaboratively to provide you and your baby with as much compassionate and comfortable care as is deserved. Departments of genetics, nutrition, social services, surgery, and maternal-fetal medicine are all included in your treatment plan, ensuring that your baby is receiving the best medical treatment, even before birth.
At your first visit, you will undergo a fetal echocardiogram and meet with a cardiologist about the results. You will also be given in-depth educational materials to read about your baby’s condition and the steps to take next. As a team, we will determine what other specialties should be included in your care and work comprehensively with them to help you deliver a baby with the best possible care.
For Patients and Families
Fetal echocardiograms utilize state-of-the-art technology to detect, monitor, and manage heart defects in a child, prior to that child’s birth. The goal of fetal echocardiograms is to start treatment for heart diseases and malformations as early as possible, increasing the potential for a long life for each child. This form of detection is performed similarly to an ultrasound and each one is read by a cardiologist who specializes in fetal heart defects. Once our cardiologists determine a fetal heart defect, we will work closely with you and your OB/GYN to monitor the health of you and your baby, ensuring safety and world-class care. Common reasons for referral for fetal echocardiography to screen for heart defects include exposure to some drugs in early pregnancy, abnormal fetal heart rhythm, family history, etc.