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A key advantage of the Fetal Cardiology Program at Norton Children’s Heart Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, is that families are provided with a customized care plan ahead of delivery and one-on-one navigation through the process. Families are provided with education and a plan based on their child’s congenital heart defect and unique anatomy.
Pregnant women are most often referred to the Fetal Cardiology Program by their obstetricians or maternal-fetal medicine specialists when a routine ultrasound done during pregnancy cannot visualize the heart, a suspected cardiac abnormality is seen or when certain risk factors are present.
Depending on the outcome of your fetal echocardiogram, you may:
Norton Children’s Heart Institute is dedicated to helping you and your family have all of the tools and support you need to feel confident and prepared for your child’s arrival and care.
Should your child need specialized care such as heart surgery soon after birth, Norton Children’s Heart Institute will work with you and your maternal-fetal medicine provider to create a plan. This will include your delivery plans and care beyond your child’s arrival.
We provide a one-on-one consultation that includes a tour of our facilities and a meeting with many of our providers who will be key to your child’s care, including:
You’ll also receive an informational binder that gives you a guide to your child’s heart journey, including: