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Fetal Cardiac Program
Fetal Cardiac Program

Fetal Cardiac Program

The Fetal Cardiac Program at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is made up of a multidisciplinary team that provides detailed evaluation, counseling and treatment for heart problems that may occur during pregnancy. We work closely with community obstetricians, geneticists, family doctors, mid-wives and the high risk obstetric services provided at Tertiary Referral Centres throughout Ontario.

Heart problems in the developing baby may result from abnormal development of the heart (congenital heart disease), heart rhythm disturbances, genetic conditions and health problems and conditions in the mother that may have an effect on the baby, including illness, medication and other exposures.

The goals of the Fetal Cardiac Program are to ensure that families receive the highest quality care for potential heart problems during pregnancy, further improve the detection rate of cardiac anomalies thereby raising the standards of cardiac imaging during pregnancy.

In addition to our clinical service, ongoing educational support is provided to cardiac and obstetric programs across Canada. There is an Annual Fetal Seminar held in the fall.  Visit www.torontofetalcardiaccourse.com for more info.

The Fetal Outreach Program also provides on-site training and education for diagnostic ultrasound laboratories evaluating women during pregnancy. This training is provided by a specialized member of our team.

Who we are

The Fetal Cardiac Team at The Hospital for Sick Children is made up of physicians, sonographers, nurses and social workers

What we do

A fetal echocardiogram performed at 20 weeks is ideal for providing a thorough cardiac evaluation during pregnancy and allows for families to explore all options for the pregnancy if an abnormality is detected. 

Education and learning

The Fetal Cardiac Outreach Program provides ongoing education to Sonographers, Obstetricians, Radiologists, Cardiologists and other personnel involved in prenatal ultrasound.