Fetal Heart Program
Mount Sinai Heart offers the Fetal Heart Program to assist parents facing the frightening news that their baby will be born with a congenital heart defect. Our caring professionals help you prepare for a raising a child with a heart condition.
We established our Fetal Heart Program, directed by Shubika Srivastava, MBBS, Associate Professor of Cardiology, in 1998 as the first of its kind in the New York City area. Our team of professionals trained in the diagnosis and treatment of congenital heart disease, coordinates care during your pregnancy and provides you with education about diagnostic tests, surgical procedures, and the care of newborns after delivery and post-surgery.
Ira Parness, MD, Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology, is sensitive to the needs of parents who learn during pregnancy that their baby has a heart problem.
"Imagine hearing, 'Your baby has a very complex heart defect, and we're going to be operating, and it's going to be the first of three operations,'" says Dr. Parness. "Trying to assimilate all of that information while you are in shock is very difficult."
Every year, Mount Sinai Heart performs 1,200 fetal echocardiograms, starting as early as the 12th week of gestation. We evaluate the well-being of the fetus throughout the pregnancy and prepare to provide the necessary care immediately after birth.
The Fetal Heart Program unites physicians from pediatric cardiology, obstetrics, neonatology, and cardiothoracic surgery in caring for your baby. In addition to doctors, the team includes nurses, genetic counselors, and social workers to address the medical and psychological needs of patients and their families.
"This is a marriage of technology and advanced care in a supportive family-centered environment,” says Dr. Parness.” The difference the Fetal Heart Program can make is extraordinary."
An Alliance with Mount Sinai and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
As part of an alliance with Mount Sinai and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), our interdisciplinary team treats heart abnormalities from the earliest point of detection. We emphasize a holistic approach to care for the pregnant woman and her entire family, including nutritional and psychological counseling.
If needed, we can perform surgery before your baby is born to ensure a positive outcome for your baby at birth.