Prenatal Information

Best Prenatal Care Begins Before Conception: A Doctor’s Perspective

I was talking with a reporter the other day about routine pregnancy care and the first question she asked me was, “When in pregnancy is it best to make your first doctor’s appointment?” She was caught off guard when I told her, “That’s easy. Before you ever get pregnant!” We have preached for a longContinue Reading

Be Proactive!

You are your own baby’s advocate! Information is empowering for expecting parents. Identifying heart issues before birth can allow expecting parents to meet the doctors who will care for their baby after delivery. Treatment options can be discussed ahead of time, and medicine can be given to pregnant mothers to help deal with any fetusContinue Reading

Some Fertility Treatments Linked to Birth Defects

A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that infants born as a result of assisted reproductive technology, or ART — such as in vitro fertilization and the use of donor eggs — are two to four times more likely to be born with certain types of birth defects thanContinue Reading

CHD a Risk With Single Umbilical Artery Pregnancy Complication

What is Single Umbilical Artery? Normally, when the umbilical cord develops, it forms three vessels: two arteries and one vein. However, in some cases, just one artery develops. Precisely why this occurs is not entirely known. It is suspected, though, that one artery may simply stop growing as it develops or perhaps that the primordialContinue Reading

Folic Acid during pregnancy & CHD

There is a decrease in the number of babies born with serious congenital heart defects in Canada, following obligatory enrichment of grain products containing folic acid. It is common knowledge that the consumption of folic acid prior to conception and in the first months of pregnancy diminishes the risks of spina bifida and other neuralContinue Reading

UTI Antibiotics May Up Birth Defect Risk

Some of the antibiotics used to treat urinary tract infections (UTI) during pregnancy may increase the risk of several birth defects if a woman uses them early in pregnancy, a new study in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine shows. Researchers found an increased risk for two classes of antibiotics: sulfonamide (example: Bactrim) andContinue Reading

Birth Defects May Contribute to IUGR

What is intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR)? Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) is a term used to describe a condition in which the fetus is smaller than expected for the number of weeks of pregnancy. Another term for IUGR is fetal growth restriction. Newborn babies with IUGR are often described as small for gestational age (SGA). AContinue Reading

Info on Tests & Procedures Often Used in Diagnosing CHD

Congenital heart defects are often, but not always, diagnosed in infancy. Some may be diagnosed before birth, and many may not be detected until much later in childhood or even in adulthood. If the heart problem is significant, your child’s pediatrician or family physician will likely refer your child to a pediatric cardiologist. Pediatric cardiologistsContinue Reading

New Fetal Health Center at Children’s Mercy Hospital

Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics is establishing a new Fetal Health Center, designed to provide an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to caring for infants with serious congenital birth defects before, during and after delivery. The first step in the development of the Fetal Health Center is an outpatient clinic, which will provide diagnosis and consultation forContinue Reading

The Heart and Down Syndrome

Abnormalities of the cardiovascular system are common in Down syndrome. Approximately half of all infants born with Down syndrome have a heart defect. Many of these defects have serious implications and it is important to understand them and how they may affect the child so that appropriate medical may be provided. What are the mostContinue Reading