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

Congenital Heart Defects (CHD)

The Fetal Cardiology Program at Children's Hospital Colorado offers specialized care for congenital heart defects (CHD). These defects are present at or before birth and affect about 1 in every 100 babies. Some congenital heart defects can be treated in utero but, in many cases, treatment is only possible after birth.

That's why our Fetal Cardiology Program specializes in early prenatal screening, expedited care and multidisciplinary insights to improve outcomes for you and your unborn baby.

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.

Expert care for congenital heart defects

Once a baby is diagnosed with a congenital heart defect, the fetal experts at Children's Colorado work together to develop a care plan that improves outcomes pre- and post-delivery. Parents will have consistent communication with their fetal cardiology team as well as access to family support groups and social services. If a family is attending the Program from out of town, our team will also help them find affordable lodging nearby.

After delivery, a highly-trained team of specialists step in to continue the state-of-the-art care started by the Fetal Cardiology Program. This team includes pediatric critical care and cardiothoracic surgery specialists who have some of the best patient outcomes in the nation. They also have experience with even the most complex cardiac defects and perform more than 500 heart surgeries per year.

Improving outcomes for babies diagnosed with CHD

Our Fetal Cardiology Program has been providing the highest quality care to newborns and their families for nearly a decade. In addition to 500+ heart surgeries, we also perform more than 800 heart catheterizations each year. Thanks to advancements in technology and our Program's extensive efforts, many congenital heart defects that once required open-heart surgery can now be corrected via less invasive methods.

Our Fetal Cardiology Program is here to offer care from the time of diagnosis until your child reaches adulthood. Our goal is not only providing treatment for babies with CHD, but support for the entire family, as well.

Learn more about the Colorado Fetal Care Center, including our latest outcomes.