Fetal Cardiology Program
We focus on what families want and need—comprehensive evaluation and expert treatment for the child and family as a whole—plus counseling, support and the special services they're going to need.
—Wayne Tworetzky, MD, director, Fetal Imaging, and associate in Cardiology
We understand that facing a suspected or confirmed diagnosis of your unborn baby’s heart condition can be very frightening. The good news is that advances in prenatal diagnosis and ultrasound-guided surgical and catheterization techniques have made fetal therapy possible. While our Heart center is known for its science-driven approach, we specialize in innovative and family-centered care that can help you through this difficult process.
Our team in the Fetal Cardiology Program at Children’s Hospital Boston has the expertise and experience to help you through this difficult time. When you come to Children’s, you will be seen by a team of physicians, nurses and other specialists who have experience with the many problems that can affect infants before birth and who understand how this can impact your whole family.
From the moment you step into our clinic to the day of delivery, we’ll do everything we can to make sure that you and your baby receive the best possible care. Our services include:
- expert evaluation and diagnosis of fetal heart defects
- explanation of and counseling about treatment options
- careful planning for your baby’s delivery
- fetal heart therapies, in some cases
- a wealth of support services to help you and your family before and after your baby’s delivery
We stay in close and frequent contact with your obstetrician to plan the best delivery options and subsequent care for your baby.
We always consider two courses of action. One is fetal therapy, which is performing heart interventions before a baby is born. The second is therapy after birth, which typically usually occurs within 24 to 48 hours after a baby is born.