Children's Hospital Colorado
Colorado Fetal Care Center
Colorado Fetal Care Center

Fetal Cardiology Program

A woman performs an ultrasound on a fetal cardiology patient.

Our Fetal Cardiology Program is the most comprehensive of its kind in Colorado, with expert physicians who specialize in detecting congenital heart defects and arrhythmias before a baby is born.

Fetal cardiology support for mom and baby

When concern arises that an unborn baby may have a congenital heart defect or heart rhythm abnormality, our fetal cardiologists are here for your family. Our Fetal Cardiology Program offers:

  • Expert evaluation and diagnosis of fetal heart abnormalities
  • A detailed explanation of your baby’s diagnosis and treatment options
  • Personalized delivery planning with access to our state-of-the-art Fetal Care Center
  • More than 20 specialized heart programs for all types of congenital and acquired heart conditions and arrhythmias
  • Access to groundbreaking research and clinical trials

Our Fetal Cardiology Program is designed to help your family prepare for the arrival of its newest member and to provide the best outcomes possible for you and your baby.

14 Weeks earliest possible detection
1,900+ Fetal echocardiograms per year
#1 In fetal cardiology telemedicine

Conditions treated by our Fetal Cardiology Program

Our Fetal Cardiology Program offers state-of-the-art fetal cardiac evaluations for suspected cardiac anomalies or high-risk pregnancies, including:

  • All structural heart defects
  • All abnormal fetal heart rhythms
  • All cardiac function abnormalities (termed heart failure)
  • Congenital heart disease (CHD)

If a heart defect is detected during pregnancy, our fetal cardiology team of maternal, perinatal and neonatal experts will develop a compassionate and comprehensive care plan for mother and baby.

Comprehensive fetal care

At the Colorado Fetal Care Center, mom and baby are supported by an expert pediatric cardiology team that includes:

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

The Center also offers one-of-a-kind support from:

  • Genetic counselors
  • Lactation support
  • Dieticians
  • Social workers

The Fetal Cardiology Telemedicine Program is also offered to our community partners and families who live along the western slope. This program offers providers and families access to fetal echocardiogram consultations and interpretation via telemedicine technology.

What moms can expect from our Fetal Cardiology Program

During your first visit, you will meet with a fetal cardiologist who specializes in congenital heart disease. Moms will also receive a fetal echocardiogram, which is a safe, noninvasive ultrasound used to evaluate your unborn baby's heart and blood vessels.

After your initial visit, your continuing care will include:

  • Patient education and care coordination from a dedicated program coordinator
  • Consultations with knowledgeable and compassionate physicians who have over 25 years' experience in fetal cardiology
  • Appointments with cardiothoracic surgeons, geneticists and social workers, as well as with maternal-fetal and neonatal specialists
  • Complete care of your newborn following delivery
  • Nationally recognized medical care from Children's Hospital Colorado cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery teams

Every family that enrolls in the Fetal Cardiology Program will receive support from a team dedicated to the well-being of mother and baby before, during and after birth. Maternal-fetal medicine specialists, neonatologists and cardiac intensivists will be here to help you from your first visit and beyond.

What makes our Fetal Cardiology Program special?

Our fetal cardiologists are part of Children's Colorado's Heart Institute and the Colorado Fetal Care Center. They specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of congenital heart defects (heart conditions present at or before birth) and abnormalities of fetal heart rhythm. These specialized physicians use state-of-the-art technology to detect heart defects as early as 14 weeks' gestation.

Our fetal cardiologists participate in a comprehensive maternal-fetal program that 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.

In addition, our fetal cardiology team is available both locally and at a distance. Working alongside maternal-fetal medicine specialists, we can diagnose and manage fetal cardiac anomalies from miles away through the fetal cardiology telehealth network.

And thanks to our extensive fetal cardiology services, we also host a Fetal Echo Preceptorship Program, a two-day educational program offered twice a year for obstetric and cardiac medical providers. This helps our specialists and other referring providers stay up-to-date on fetal cardiology interventions and how we treat them in our Fetal Cardiology Program.

Why choose our Fetal Cardiology Program?

We are nationally recognized for our comprehensive cardiology care and outstanding surgical outcomes. Our cardiology program has some of the best patient outcomes of any pediatric hospital in the nation, thanks to the work of our highly-trained team of physicians and specialists.

We understand that there is often little time for families to conduct research and make decisions when a fetal diagnosis is made. We invite you to watch our video with guidelines and recommended questions to ask as you look for the right fetal center for you and your baby.

See why our outcomes make us one of the top heart hospitals 


Transitioning from the Colorado Fetal Care Center to the Heart Institute

Another benefit to enrolling in our Fetal Cardiology Program is gaining access to our nationally ranked Heart Institute. After delivery, babies diagnosed with a congenital heart abnormality become patients at the Institute and an individual, on-going plan will be designed for your baby by our multidisciplinary team. Cardiac specialists within the Heart Institute, with the help of inpatient and outpatient Pediatric Cardiology Clinics, will manage your child's congenital heart disease from infancy through adolescence.

Learn more about your visit to the Heart Institute.

Innovative fetal heart research

Our fetal cardiology team, together with maternal, perinatal and neonatal experts, continually strives to improve patient outcomes and advance the science of fetal cardiology. Our research includes primary fetal cardiac issues as well as other medical concerns that impact the fetal cardiovascular system. We are the leader in several national and international multicenter studies, as well as a key participant in many others.

Through our research efforts, like the Heart Sounds at Home study and the International Fetal Long QT consortium, we are gaining insight into the causes of fetal cardiac conditions and developing strategies for novel treatments.

One of only five centers in the country and the only center in the region participating in Mayo Clinic's Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) Consortium, we are leading the way to find solutions for patients with HLHS, a complex form of congenital heart disease. Through our Program, pregnant women whose fetuses are diagnosed with HLHS have the opportunity to participate in groundbreaking clinical trials studying the use of cell-based regenerative therapy to transform the lives of children born with HLHS.

Contact us:

For information about trials that might be available, please call the Heart Institute at 720-777-6820. 

Kara holds her son Jaxon, who is being treated for HLHS at Children's Hospital Colorado.

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