Prenatal Support Services

The Center for Prenatal Evaluation and Fetal Heart Program team members have strong ties in the community, allowing good communication among local obstetricians, neonatologists, and pediatricians. The team coordinates consultations with Children’s National cardiac surgeons and other necessary subspecialists.

About this Treatment

About this Treatment

The Center for Prenatal Evaluation and Fetal Heart Program 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. 

Congenital conditions are diagnosed through fetal ultrasound or MRI. Then, the patient will receive prenatal counseling by Neonatology and specific subspecialists as needed, where delivery plans are developed and post-natal care is determined to be either at the delivery NICU, or if critical, the patient is transferred to our NICU or CICU, depending on the condition.

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. In rare cases for which severe compromise is anticipated at the time of birth, the Fetal Delivery Team can plan for a delivery at Children’s with the support of a collaborative obstetrical team. 

Once transported to Children’s National, patients are cared for in a dedicated Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and receive individualized care from a multidisciplinary team.

Children's Team

Children's Team


Adre Du Plessis

Director, Fetal Medicine Institute
Division Chief, Fetal and Transitional Medicine
Children's Locations that Perform this Procedure

Children's Locations that Perform this Procedure

Treatment Service Locations

Fetal Heart Services

Tompkins-Martin Medical Plaza
1101 Sam Perry Blvd., Suite 319
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401

main hospital

Main Hospital

111 Michigan Avenue, NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20010

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Whether your infant has arrived prematurely or has a critical illness, the Children’s National team assists in coordinating every service you and your baby need, including consultations, assessments, emergency treatments, and continuing care.

Fetal Medicine Institute

Our fetal medicine team provides specialized, expert care for babies during pregnancy, delivery, and the postnatal period.

Fetal Heart Program

Our heart care begins before babies are even born, in our dedicated Fetal Heart Program, where we diagnose and even treat fetal heart conditions.