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Fetal Cardiovascular Program

At UCSF, some of our smallest patients are still in the womb. Our Fetal Cardiovascular Program evaluates the health of unborn babies' hearts, and if issues are identified, we design treatment plans that might be needed after birth – or even before.

A partnership between the UCSF Pediatric Heart Center and the UCSF Fetal Treatment Center, our full-service fetal cardiac diagnosis program is one of the largest in Northern California, using the latest imaging technologies to provide an unparalleled level of accuracy. Our team performs urgent and elective fetal imaging as early as 12 weeks of pregnancy to screen for and diagnose a wide range of structural, functional and rhythm-related heart disorders. Depending on what we find, we manage your care or coordinate the next steps with other fetal and pediatric heart specialists at UCSF.

We understand that the diagnosis of a fetal heart condition can be scary and affects the whole family. Our services to support you include counseling, parent education and community resource referrals.

Our doctors are innovators in the field of fetal cardiac care, continually working to develop new and better techniques for helping women have healthier babies. Through our educational outreach program, we help the broader community by sharing these best practices with other physicians.

With clinics throughout the Bay Area, we can provide rapid access to fetal cardiac care. A cardiologist is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for consultations or emergency referrals.

The Fetal Cardiovascular Program is part of the Neonatal Cardiovascular Center of Excellence, which cares for premature and critically ill infants with congenital heart defects with the aim of supporting their long-term cardiovascular health and neurological development.

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    Awards & recognition

    • Ranked among the nation's best in 10 specialties

    • One of the nation's best in cardiology & heart surgery

    Support services

    Child Life Services

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    Child Life

    Certified child life specialists ease the stress and anxiety of childhood illness through therapeutic play, schooling and family-focused support.

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    Social Services

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    Activity Rooms

    Activity rooms offer a relaxed environment for children of all ages. Features include a playroom, digital arts studio and teen lounge. Find out more.


    Art Therapy

    Art therapy helps kids and families express themselves, making it easier to cope with pediatric health issues. Group and bedside services are available.


    Music Therapy Program

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    School Program

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    If your child can't be around other kids for medical reasons, you can sign up for private sessions in our activity and school rooms. Find out how.


    Interpreter Services & Communication Assistance

    Interpreter services in many languages and TDDs are available for families that need help communicating with care teams. Here's how to access them.

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    Parent Support Program

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    International Services

    If you're coming to UCSF from outside the U.S., we coordinate your child's appointments and provide other helpful services. Here's how to get started.

    Our research initiatives

    Fetal surgery firsts

    The first open fetal surgery in the world was performed at UCSF in the early 1980s.