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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 congenital heart defects.

From early diagnosis, as early as 18-weeks gestation, to advanced deliveries that take place steps from the regions only pediatric hybrid catheterization suite, the SLUCare Physician Group team has the expertise and technology to provide for the best possible outcomes for fetal heart conditions.

Advanced Deliveries

Learn more about the EXIT procedure and our state-of-the-art delivery room and pediatric hybrid cardiac catheterization suite.

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Care Coordination

We provide a single point of contact for you and your doctors. This ensures all members of your care team have the answers they need to help care for your new baby.

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Diagnosis & Evaluation

If your baby has been diagnosed with a congenital heart defect, regular evaluation and monitoring will allow us to properly care for both you and your baby.

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Fetal Heart Conditions We Treat

This list highlights the conditions we commonly treat, but does not encompass every fetal abnormality we can assist with. If there is a condition you would like more information about, please contact us for additional details.

What to Expect

Your Journey with Us

A family’s journey with the SSM Health Cardinal Glennon St. Louis Fetal Care Institute starts with a call. Learn what to expect from the initial call, to your first visit, to follow-up care.

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Fetal Heart Program Capabilities

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

Early Diagnosis

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.

Complex Deliveries

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

EXIT procedures allow our team 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.

We're Here to Help

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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