The Fetal Heart Program
The Fetal Heart Program at Primary Children’s Heart Center is a service provided by Intermountain Healthcare and the University of Utah. Our goal is to improve the care of infants with congenital heart disease through early fetal detection, prenatal planning, and expedient management after birth.
Coordination of Care
By emphasizing family-centered education and counseling we work to improve the quality of care for every child born with congenital heart disease. In order to accomplish this, we are fostering comprehensive coordination of care between pediatric cardiology, perinatology, obstetrics, neonatology, and cardiovascular surgery.
Your Visit to the Fetal Heart Program
During your initial visit to the Heart Center, you will receive
- A fetal echocardiogram which is a noninvasive ultrasound that is used to assess the structure and function of your baby’s heart.
- Consultation with one of our fetal cardiologists. This consultation will allow the physician to explain the fetal echocardiogram results as well as allow time for questions you may have for the cardiologist.
- Coordination of resources and patient education provided by a Fetal Heart Nurse Coordinator.
- Consultations with other services as needed, such as maternal-fetal medicine, genetics and social services.
- Tours of the University of Utah Labor and Delivery floor and the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit located at Primary Children’s Medical Center.
If a heart problem is identified on the fetal echocardiogram during your visit, then our team will work with you and your OB/GYN to plan the best care for your baby.