The fetal nurse specialists aim to be present in the fetal cardiology clinics held at Royal Brompton, Chelsea and Westminster, St George’s, and Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea hospitals. The nurses work with pregnant women and their partners at the point of diagnosis of a heart abnormality, providing information which helps in understanding the diagnosis and empowers parents in their decision-making process. They offer support throughout the pregnancy, and work in partnership with the local teams and referring midwives to ensure consistent management during pregnancy and during the postnatal period.
Parents are invited to visit the cardiac unit ahead of their baby’s birth to prepare them for any planned admissions and surgery. They may do so individually or attend as part of an antenatal group session, run by the fetal nurses and our charity.
In the postnatal period, care of the baby is handed over to the children’s cardiac care team to ensure support continues and continuity of care is maintained.
Clinical nurse specialists – fetal cardiac care
• Julieta Lumanisakio
• Pilar Moura
• Sarah McCarthy-Morrogh
• Sophie Dopson