The Fetal Cardiology Program at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, is designed to address the needs of families whose babies are suspected to have heart disease by prenatal ultrasound or are diagnosed with congenital heart disease by fetal echocardiography. Prenatal and perinatal diagnosis by fetal echocardiography facilitates the coordination of infant and family needs at the time of delivery and beyond. The Fetal Cardiology Program provides fetal echocardiogram test, information regarding heart defects in babies and support to families by offering written literature, consultation with other health care providers and social workers, and tours of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. The family can also meet key members of the cardiovascular team. Our goal is to improve the care of infants with congenital heart disease through perinatal diagnosis, prenatal planning, post-natal care, and follow-up after birth and throughout the child’s life.
By emphasizing patient- and family-centered care, the team at Nicklaus Children's works daily to improve the quality of care for every child born with congenital heart disease. We encourage our families to be part of their child’s care each day by participating in collaborative family-centered rounds. This unique collaborative team approach ensures that all children receive the highest quality care while empowering families to take part in their child’s recovery. We encourage and assist with the comprehensive coordination of care between specialties such as pediatric cardiology, perinatology, neonatology, and cardiovascular surgery.
If your doctor is concerned your baby may have a heart defect, our world renowned team can help.
What is a fetal echocardiogram?
Typically administered by a sonographer, a fetal echo is an ultrasound of your baby’s heart.
What does a fetal echocardiogram do?
A fetal echo checks your baby’s heart structure, rhythm, and function as well as the growth and development of your baby.
What causes a congenital heart defect?
- Genetic and environmental factors
- Health conditions, such as diabetes
- Family history of congenital heart disease
What if my baby has a heart defect?
We understand that facing a diagnosis of your baby’s heart condition can be very frightening. The Heart Program at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, has the expertise to support you and your baby throughout this journey. If a heart defect is detected, your pediatric cardiologist will explain your treatment options. Your future visits may include meeting with other specialists on our team which may include:
- Pediatric cardiac surgeon—a doctor who specializes in repairing a heart condition
- Pediatric intensivist—a doctor who works in the critical care unit (i.e. ICU) specializing in caring for children who have a serious injury or illness.
- Pediatric cardiac anesthesiologist— a doctor who is dedicated to providing anesthesia for children undergoing cardiac procedures
- Cardiovascular nurse practitioners—a nurse who coordinates the services specific to the needs of each family
- Child life specialist—trained healthcare professionals who anticipate the needs and concerns of children in a medical environment
|For more information about The Heart Program at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, or to make an appointment, please call (305) 666-6511 Ext. 3694.|