Fetal Heart Defect Treatment – The Fetal Heart Program at CHOP | The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

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Fetal Heart Program

The Fetal Heart Program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia specializes in the detection, evaluation and management of fetal heart defects prior to a baby's birth.

We have performed more than 15,000 fetal echocardiograms since 2008, making our Fetal Heart Program one of the largest programs of its kind.

Fetal heart defect evaluation, diagnosis and treatment

Heart disease is the most common congenital condition affecting newborns; it is also among the most complex. Your obstetrician/gynecologist can rely on the training and expertise of the Fetal Heart team at CHOP to provide an accurate diagnosis and detailed treatment recommendations for fetal heart defects.

Our offerings include:

We remain in close and frequent contact with your obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN) to plan the best delivery options and fetal heart defect treatment for your baby.

Your visit to the Fetal Heart Program

During your initial visit to the fetal heart program at CHOP, you will receive:

If a fetal heart defect is identified, our team will work with you and your OB/GYN to plan care, beginning with options for delivery. After delivery, your baby will be cared for in the Cardiac Center. If your newborn requires surgery, our cardiothoracic surgeons can perform even the most complex surgery for congenital heart disease.

Contact us

The Fetal Heart Program at CHOP offers the expertise and support to make a true difference in the lives of expectant parents and their babies. To ask questions, learn more about the program, or make an appointment, please call 215-590-5647 or e-mail us at fetalheart@email.chop.edu.

The Fetal Heart Program team

Medical director

Attending cardiologists

Chief, fetal cardiovascular imaging specialist

Senior fetal cardiac sonographer

Program coordinator

Clinical coordinator

Social worker


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Fetal Heart Program Videos

This suite of videos gives an overview of the The Fetal Heart Program and the defects we treat.

Annual Report 2013

Doctors found a tumor on Tucker’s heart when his mother, Katie, was 20 weeks pregnant. Surgeons at CHOP performed open fetal surgery to remove the tumor, and Tucker, born 14 weeks later, became the first baby to survive the groundbreaking procedure. Learn more in CHOP’s 2013 Annual Report.

Meet Xavier

Born in the SDU after a prenatal diagnosis of hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), Xavier had his first surgery when he was 4 days old. Read Xavier's Story»