You’re not alone. Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the most common birth defect and can affect the structure of your baby’s heart and how it works. In Heart2HEART, we are studying whether a prenatal maternal Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) intervention helps to improve maternal and infant outcomes for pregnant women carrying fetuses diagnosed with CHD. Our team is here to help moms reduce the anxiety, depression and stress they feel during pregnancy and after giving birth. Our evidence-based intervention supports moms from the time they receive the CHD diagnosis and soon after they give birth. This important study also offers peer support from moms who have personal experience with a CHD journey.
About The Developing Brain Institute
The Developing Brain Institute, directed by Catherine Limperopoulos, PhD , is housed in the department of Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology and affiliated with the Fetal and Transitional Medicine Program at Children’s National Hospital. Their research focuses on the developing brain, in utero, after birth and through preschool. We are developing advanced MRI techniques to examine the structure, connectivity, and metabolism of the brain in ways that cannot be done with conventional MRI studies.