Fetal Awareness Day

The event took place at King Abdul Aziz University Hospital (KAUH) under the umbrella of the Fetal Cardiology Unit at KAUH and Fetal Gulf Heart Groupin collaboration with neonatal ICU, Fetal Unit, Medical Education and the volunteering office at KAUH.

The event was attended by the CEO of KAUH and head of the Dept. of Paediatrics and was covered by Okaz newspaper and IQRAA TV.

The day was very successful in terms of attendance (600+).Knowledge sharing and best practices were well received by the public, medical personal and medical students.60 medical students volunteered to help the public as well as medical personal.

The main highlights of the event were:

1. The trip that a foetus takes from conception to delivery

2. The value of early prenatal screening of Fetal Anomalies as a whole and fetal heart defects specifically as early as 14 weeks gestation

3. How to break the news to parents about any birth defects. This involved genetic counselling too

4. Offering family support through the social services department starting as early as possible after diagnosis

5. Mode of delivery and timing of delivery of such foetuses

6. What does start in neonatal ICU mean

7. What does prematurity mean in relation to outcome in the presence of congenital heart defects