Small hearts need big care

Information for expectant parents

If your doctor is concerned your baby may have a heart problem, our team can help.

What is a fetal echo?

A fetal echo is an ultrasound, just like the one you get at your obstetrician's office. A fetal echo shows your baby's heart in detail. The heart structure is best seen at 18 to 22 weeks into the pregnancy.

What does a fetal echo do?

  • Checks your baby's heart structure, rhythm and function
  • Helps make sure the heart problem does not get worse
  • Checks to see your baby is growing and developing well

If a serious heart defect is diagnosed with a fetal echo, more testing may be needed.

What if my baby has a heart defect?

Congenital (from birth) heart defects can affect one in every 100 babies. You may need help from our team if you have:

  • An ultrasound that shows something that is not normal
  • Parents or siblings with a history of heart problems
  • A baby with a defect in another major organ
  • A medical condition, such as diabetes
  • Been exposed to viral infections, certain medicines, drugs or alcohol

Specialists for your child

If we find a heart defect, we can alert other specialists, such as:

  • Pediatric cardiologist--specializes in a child's heart and gives advice about the outlook and therapeutic options for your child's heart condition
  • Pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon--specializes in heart surgery for babies and children
  • Geneticist--evaluates, examines, diagnoses and treats genetic diseases and conditions
  • Genetic counselor--discusses family history screening and the risk for future pregnancies or other family members
  • Neonatologist--cares for premature infants or those who are critically ill
  • Obstetrician--advises you about the management of your pregnancy and delivery
  • Perinatologist--specializes in high-risk pregnancies
  • Social worker--works with patients and families to provide support and reduce stress

Contact Us

Call 404-256-2593 or 800-542-2233 to make an appointment.