How We Care for Your Infant’s Cardiac Needs
The team works closely with the family and birth hospital to plan the details of the baby's delivery and care after delivery so that the heart abnormality does not lead to significant illness or compromise at the time of birth. If cardiac surgery is required soon after birth, arrangements can be made for the delivery to occur in a facility where the infant can be stabilized with the help of Children's cardiologists prior to transport to Children's National. In rare cases for which severe compromise is anticipated at the time of birth, the Prenatal Delivery Team can plan for a delivery at Children's National with the support of a collaborative obstetrical team. Once transported to Children's National, patients are cared for in a dedicated way and receive individualized care from a multidisciplinary team.
For non-urgent medical problems that do not require immediate transport to Children’s National or for routine outpatient follow-up visits, the Prenatal Cardiology Team has set up a Postnatal Follow-up Clinic. This clinic is staffed by the Prenatal Team so that any issues that were present during prenatal assessment can be followed. The postnatal clinic assures an easy transition to the many services offered at Children's National Hospital, including the Heart Center, as well as other subspecialty clinics and services.