What to Expect
Getting a Fetal Echocardiogram
Learn more about the fetal echo process and the compassionate team at the SSM Health Cardinal Glennon St. Louis Fetal Care Institute.
Learn More About Fetal Echos
Fetal Heart 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 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.