Almost one in one hundred babies are born with a heart problem. The cardiac team at Arkansas Children's understands parents' concerns and the importance of diagnosing heart problems early – even before your baby's birth.

The Fetal Heart Center is part of The Heart Center at Arkansas Children's. Our program includes pediatric cardiologists and sonographers with expertise in fetal cardiac imaging and congenital heart defects. We work together with other subspecialties including Maternal Fetal Medicine, Neonatology, Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery, Pediatric Surgery and Genetics, to provide you with the most comprehensive prenatal care for your unborn child. Arkansas Children's in cooperation with the University of Arkansas is one of only two pediatric hospitals in the nation performing fetal magnetocardiography to fully evaluate the heart rhythm of the baby.

Fetal Echos Saving Babies’ Lives

A fetal echo at Arkansas Children’s told the Ferguson family that their son Sloan would be born with a heart defect. Knowing about his heart problem early allowed doctors to tailor a plan for his care, likely saving his life and creating a healthier tomorrow.

Fetal Echocardiogram Video

See an example of a fetal echocardiogram.

ACH Verified as Level 1 Children’s Surgery Center

At Arkansas Children’s we understand that surgery can be frightening for you and your child. Our goal is to make your child’s visit as safe, convenient and as comfortable as possible. Our team of highly qualified surgeons take a family-centered approach to care, so you are informed of what to expect before, during and after surgery. Recognized by the American College of Surgeons, our Level I verification represents the highest level of recognition for hospitals that perform complex surgical procedures in newborns and children.

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Meet the Team



To schedule a Fetal Echocardiogram, call the Heart Station at Arkansas Children's at 501-364-1818.
To schedule a Fetal Echocardiogram with a Level 2 Obstetric Ultrasound, call the ANGELS program at 1-866-273-3835.

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