The Fetal Heart Program at the Center for Advanced Fetal Care at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) is a state-of-the-art program that provides multidisciplinary optimal care for the fetus, mother, child and the family. The program aims to screen and diagnose patients for congenital heart defects as early as possible, provide personalized care for the mother, and educate and prepare the families during the pregnancy and after.

The Fetal Heart Program is one of the unique in the nation, offering advanced diagnostic technology as early as 12 weeks of gestation with specially trained sonographers and sonologists in the field of fetal cardiology. The program is designed to coordinate all care starting from the beginning of the pregnancy to childhood. 

Staying advanced in the field of maternal-fetal medicine is our primary goal. Our program is dedicated to basic and clinical research in the field. We are part of the many multidisciplinary and international clinical trials, and we play a significant role in translational research nationwide.

Our program brings together other specialties from UM Children’s Hospital and provides exceptional parent and patient care.

Our Providers

Pediatric cardiology

If your child was diagnosed with a congenital heart disease or another form of pediatric heart disease, you'll want a team with the experience to accurately diagnosis the condition, find the right treatment and perform that treatment with expertise. Your pediatric cardiology team will monitor your baby after delivery.

Pediatric cardiac surgery

Nationally renowned pediatric and neonatal cardiovascular surgeon Joseph M. Forbess, MD, MBA, is now the Surgical Director of the Children's Heart Program. Dr. Forbess joins K. Barry Deatrick, MD, pediatric cardiovascular surgeon, in continuing to build the University of Maryland's nationally ranked Children's Heart Program.

Neonatology Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

A neonatologist has a background in general pediatrics with training in and exposure to multiple pediatric medical and surgical subspecialties and is trained as a specialist in neonatal and perinatal medicine. After delivery, your baby will be taken to the NICU for evaluation and to begin cardiopulmonary stabilization.

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Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (PCICU)

The Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (PCICU) is a multidisciplinary unit dedicated to the caring and treatment of infants and children with acquired and congenital heart disease. Our team consist of providers with advanced training and expertise- cardiac intensivists, cardiac surgeons, cardiologists, cardiac anesthesiologist, cardiac nurse practitioners, and nurses. Our dedicated team of heart experts are able to deliver the most specialized care and advanced technology to our patients with a family centered focus. We are an integral part of The Children's Heart Program at the University of Maryland Children's Hospital, ranked among the nation's top 50 pediatric cardiology and heart surgery centers, according to the 2020-2022 edition of the U.S. News & World Report Best Children's Hospitals. 

Genetic counseling 

Genetic counselors are healthcare providers trained in both genetics and counseling to help you understand if your pregnancy is at risk for genetic syndromes, chromosome abnormalities or birth defects. We provide the testing options available to get more information. Our goal is to help empower you to make the best decisions for you and your family in your current or future pregnancy.