After delivery at Johns Hopkins Hospital at 37 weeks, the Underwoods’ daughter did very well, though her condition required four open heart surgeries by the time she was three years old. Yet, much of the stress and worry had been removed this second time around.
“In pregnancy, no one expects to have a poor outcome or even a problem. Therefore, it is that much more helpful to know ahead of time,” says Lauren. “Some may say it gives you more time to worry, but having had it both ways, I feel it was much more positive and manageable knowing ahead of time.”
A number of conditions put a baby at higher risk for heart defects, such as if a mother has diabetes or has been exposed to certain medications, the fetus has other birth defects, or, like the Underwoods, the couple has previously had a child with congenital heart disease. Fetal echocardiography is also performed if routine ultrasound shows that a fetus has heart abnormalities.
Sinai is one of two hospitals to be the first in Maryland to receive accreditation in fetal echocardiography ultrasound by the AIUM . To earn this distinction, the hospital had to meet rigorous voluntary guidelines related to the training and qualifications of staff, ultrasound technology quality, and accuracy of image interpretation among other criteria. Sinai’s Institute for Maternal-Fetal Medicine is also AIUM-accredited in obstetric ultrasound.
The Underwoods’ children now lead normal, healthy lives.
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