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 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 a few 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.

Why Choose Arkansas Children's

Arkansas Children's Hospital is home to the only pediatric Level One Trauma Center in Arkansas. While we hope that no child needs care from an accident or injury, for the children in Arkansas, there is no better place for them than the Pediatric Level One Trauma Center at Arkansas Children's Hospital.

Our surgical services team specializes in providing expert care for children. Anesthesiologists, surgeons, nurses, and the interdisciplinary team bring pediatric expertise and years of experience to each patient's perioperative care.

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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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Expectant Parent Resources

The Arkansas Children’s expectant parent pages will help you find neonatal intensive care resources, research study opportunities with the Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center, what to expect during the first month of a baby’s life and much more.

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