Postnatally, the Children's National Heart Institute's team provides a variety of cardiac services. Children's Fetal and Translational team and Children's National Heart Institute collaborate to provide ongoing management for babies at the time of delivery and after they are born.
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. 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, 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 or for routine outpatient follow-up visits, the Fetal Heart Team has set up a Postnatal Follow-up Clinic. This clinic is staffed by the Fetal 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 Medical Center, including the Heart Institute, as well as other subspecialty clinics and services.
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