The Fetal Heart Center at the St. Louis Children’s and Washington University Heart Center, in partnership with the Fetal Care Center, specializes in the detection, evaluation and management of congenital heart defects prior to a baby’s birth. Heart defects are the most common type of birth defect. Your obstetrician and maternal/fetal medicine specialist can entrust our team to provide a diagnosis and treatment recommendations for any congenital heart defect.
- Pediatric cardiologists specifically trained to detect heart disease in unborn babies.
- Dedicated fetal echocardiography sonographers.
- Access to the entire Heart Center team, including cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, neonatologists, social workers and other needed sub specialties.
- Complete information about the heart defect, treatment options and potential outcomes.
- Ongoing support to ensure a smooth transition from prenatal to postnatal care.
- Planning for labor and delivery. Depending on the severity of heart defect, delivery may take place at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, located in the same medical complex as St. Louis Children’s Hospital. This minimizes postnatal transport and keeps mothers and babies in close proximity.