Fetal Heart Program

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Fetal Care Institute

The Fetal Heart Program at the SSM Health Cardinal Glennon St. Louis Fetal Care Institute brings together the best cardiothoracic surgery, cardiology, neonatology and maternal-fetal medicine experts in the region to care for mothers and their babies who have a congenital heart defect.

From early diagnosis, as early as 18-weeks gestation, to advanced deliveries that take place steps from one of the regions only pediatric hybrid catheterization suite, our team has the expertise and technology to provide for the best possible outcomes.

With the most experienced pediatric cardiothoracic surgeons in the region, nationally recognized pediatric cardiology and neonatology departments and a renowned fetal medicine program, our Fetal Heart Program at the Cardinal Glennon St. Louis Fetal Care Institute has the experience to handle the most challenging of diagnoses.

Starting before your baby enters the world, our program prepares families and the team at the Cardinal Glennon St. Louis Fetal Care Institute and the Dorothy and Larry Dallas Heart Center at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital for their special delivery.

Collaborating with referring physicians, the Fetal Heart Program’s team coordinates care for babies with maternal fetal medicine specialists, cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, neonatologists, genetic counselors, and social services to create a delivery and care plan for each baby’s unique situation, which may or may not require surgery after birth.

Our SLUCare Physician Group team has the expertise to diagnose, monitor and provide treatment for a variety of congenital heart defects including:

Atrioventricular Canal Defect (AVCD/AVSD/AV Canal)
Aortic Valve Stenosis (AVS)
Fetal Arrhythmia
Double Outlet Right Ventricle
Ebstein's Anomaly
Heterotaxy Syndrome
Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) 
Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome (HRHS)
Pulmonary Atresia (PA)
Tetralogy of Fallot
Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA)
Tricuspid Atresia (TA)
Truncus Arteriosus
Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD)

Program Capabilities

From prenatal diagnosis to delivery and surgery after birth, our Fetal Heart Program is a nationwide leader in innovative care.

As early as 18 weeks gestation, our doctors can accurately detect heart conditions through a fetal echocardiogram (fetal ECHO). This detailed ultrasound focuses on the intrauterine growth and development of your baby’s heart and great vessels. This helps us and your family better prepare for the delivery of your special baby.

For babies facing more complex deliveries, our team of fetal surgeons and maternal fetal medicine specialists can perform Cesarean section and EXIT (ex utero intrapartum treatment procedure) deliveries at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.

EXIT procedures allow our fetal and cardiothoracic surgeons to perform life-saving procedures on your baby before cutting the umbilical cord. This gives your baby time to stabilize while still attached to the life-support of your placenta. If additional intervention is needed, your baby is next door to the pediatric operating room and the pediatric hybrid cardiac catheterization suite. This state-of-the-art suite allows our heart experts to conduct advanced diagnostic procedures and fix complex heart problems, in the same room and in one procedure, for safer care and a faster recovery.

If your baby is facing the prenatal diagnosis of a congenital heart defect, it’s normal to be scared. Our compassionate care team at the Fetal Heart Program is here to help. And once your baby is born, this exceptional team is equipped to handle continued care for even the most complex cases.

We’re available to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you have any questions or to schedule an appointment, call us at 314-268-4037 or toll free at 877-SSM-FETL (877-776-3385), or email us. One of our trusted representatives will get back to you as soon as possible.

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