When your obstetrician refers you for a fetal echocardiogram, you will see a physician with additional training in fetal echocardiography. This is generally either a maternal-fetal medicine specialist or a fetal cardiologist.
A fetal echocardiogram can identify most types of major congenital heart disease before birth.
It is normal for parents to feel worried when their physician recommends a specialized study of the fetal heart. If you don’t understand why you are having the test, ask the physician who is referring you. In many cases, there is only a small chance that the fetal echocardiogram will be abnormal.