Congenital heart defects (CHD) affect almost 1% of all pregnancies and there is usually no known cause.
Every year in the UK, about 3,000 babies will be born with major CHD requiring surgery or intervention in the first year of life.
Congenital heart defects can be difficult to detect after birth, and studies show that each year about 1,000 babies with CHD are sent home without a diagnosis. If left untreated certain heart conditions can be fatal.
When babies with heart problems are diagnosed before birth health professionals can plan for their care effectively, supporting and preparing the parents and ensuring that the baby is born in the right conditions with immediate access to the specialist treatment they require.
What does this mean for Expectant Parents?
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