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Fetal Heart Program
Heart care and compassion start before birth
Almost one in one hundred babies is born with a heart problem (congenital heart defect or disease). Many of these defects can be diagnosed before birth, allowing for extensive counseling with a physician and timely access to cardiac treatment to give your baby the best chance for a good outcome. Hundreds of families each year trust experts with the Fetal Heart Program within the Herma Heart Institute at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin to provide the best possible care through pregnancy, birth and beyond for babies with congenital heart disease.
Finding out that your unborn baby may have congenital heart disease is frightening. As one of the nation’s top fetal heart programs, and in partnership with the Fetal Concerns Center, we’ve helped thousands of families receive the expert care and support they need.
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Why choose us?
The Herma Heart Institute is 3-star rated (the highest rating possible) for congenital heart surgery by the Society for Thoracic Surgeons (STS) and ranked among the top five pediatric heart programs in the country by U.S. News and World Report. Our surgical outcomes are consistently ranked among the best in the country, including the best published survival rates worldwide for treating hypoplastic left heart syndrome, an uncommon and complicated congenital heart disease. We are committed to providing the best care for you and your baby.
Our fetal heart services include:
- Fetal echocardiography (fetal ultrasound or fetal echo), to assess an unborn baby’s heart structure, rhythm and function.
- Fetal magnetocardiography (fMCG), which can diagnose fetal heart rhythm abnormalities more accurately than fetal echocardiography. This allows for a better understanding of the type and cause of rhythm problems so that treatment can be better tailored. fMCG is only available in a handful of centers in the world.
- Consultation with a fetal cardiologist (who specializes in care of the fetus with heart abnormalities) to discuss the diagnosis and treatment options.
- A dedicated Fetal Heart Program nurse who will help coordinate your care and serve as a consistent resource throughout your pregnancy
- Onsite labor and delivery facilities, which allow mother and baby to stay close, and a co-located Level IV NICU.
- Access to world class pediatric heart surgery for common to complex congenital heart conditions
What to expect at your visit to our Fetal Heart Program
When you come for an appointment with the Fetal Heart Program, a provider will initially review your medical history. A fetal echocardiogram will be performed by one of the fetal cardiologists. If a problem with your baby’s heart is found, the fetal cardiologist will explain in detail the diagnosis, care options, possible outcomes and next steps.
To make an appointment or talk to a fetal cardiac expert at Herma Heart Institute, contact us or call:
Ranked #5 in the nation
U.S. News & World Report has once again ranked the Herma Heart Institute at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin among the top ten in the nation for pediatric cardiology and heart surgery. This ranking reflects the excellent outcomes and care we provide for even the most complex heart conditions. Families travel from across the country, and even around the world, to receive care from our specialists who are experienced in treating congenital heart disease from before birth and into adulthood.