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Our Fetal Cardiology Program is the only one of its kind in Colorado, with specialized training in the detection of heart abnormalities in unborn babies. Our fetal cardiologists are part of Children's Hospital Colorado's Heart Institute and the Colorado Fetal Care Center, and they specialize in congenital heart defects (heart conditions present at or before birth). Our fetal cardiologists participate in this comprehensive maternal fetal program which is built on more than 30 years of partnership between Children’s Colorado, University of Colorado Hospital and the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
Our experts are trained in both pediatric and fetal cardiology, which means they have years of experience in the diagnosis, management and treatment of cardiac anomalies. Our physicians and fetal specialists use state-of-the-art technology to detect heart defects as early as 14 weeks’ gestation.
If a heart issue is detected during pregnancy, our fetal cardiology team provides multidisciplinary collaboration by partnering with the maternal, perinatal and neonatal experts at Children’s Colorado and the University of Colorado Hospital to develop a compassionate and comprehensive care plan for the remainder of the pregnancy. The care for unborn babies includes cardiac defects and other congenital abnormalities that may affect the cardiovascular system.
We are nationally recognized for our outstanding surgical outcomes. Our program has some of the best patient outcomes of any pediatric hospital in the nation, and our patient outcomes are a result of having a highly-trained team of specialists.
Our fetal cardiology program offers state-of-the-art fetal cardiac evaluations to families at risk for cardiac anomalies including:
Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the most common disorder of newborns, affecting one out of every 100 babies. Learn about CHD and the expert care we provide.
Our fetal cardiology team, together with the maternal, perinatal and neonatal experts at Children’s Colorado, continually strives to improve patient outcomes and advance the science of fetal cardiology. Our research includes primary fetal cardiac issues as well as non-cardiac anomalies that impact the fetal cardiovascular system. We are the leader in several national and international multicenter studies and a participating center in several others. Through our research program, we are gaining insight into the causes of fetal cardiac conditions and developing strategies for novel treatments.
During your first visit, you will meet with a fetal cardiologist who specializes in CHD. Moms will also receive a fetal echocardiogram, which is a safe, noninvasive ultrasound performed to evaluate your unborn baby's heart.
If a heart problem is identified in your unborn baby, further services we provide include:
After delivery, your baby will be cared for at the Heart Institute within Children’s Colorado. Should your newborn require surgery, our cardiothoracic surgeons can perform even the most complex surgery for congenital heart disease.
After three months of receiving care at the Colorado Fetal Care Center, babies will become patients at our nationally ranked Heart Institute within Children's Colorado. The first stop within the Heart Institute is the Pediatric Cardiology Clinic. Learn more about the programs and clinics within the Heart Institute.