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October 20, 2009

Fetal Echo Appointment

Jonathan and I went in to the University of Minnesota Hospital today to have a fetal echo performed on Baby G after being referred there during our appointment with the perinatologist. I was very apprehensive about this appointment, but was glad to be going and finding out more about Baby G's arrhythmia.

We arrived slightly late since we had trouble finding the building, but were quickly ushered in to the echo room and before we knew it, we were watching the image of Baby G's heart beating away on the screen. The technician scanned his heart for nearly half an hour, examining the structure as well as the blood flow and action within the chambers. Following the scan, we met with a pediatric cardiologist.

The cardiologist explained that she believed that Baby G was experiencing premature atrial contractions (PAC). She told us that fetal blood flow doesn't function the same way as infant blood flow within the heart; there is a flap which divides the atria of the heart which moves back and forth prior to birth. Following the birth, this flap no longer moves and the pattern of blood flow changes, but prior to being born, the movement of this flap can cause PAC in some babies.

What this means for Baby G is that we will continue to monitor his heart at our normal OB appointments and he will have an EKG roughly 24 hours after he is born to ensure that his heart is working properly.

This is very good news and Jonathan and I are thrilled to know what exactly is going on with our little boy and his heart! Thank you so much to all of you who have been thinking about our situation and praying for us- knowing that we have the support of our friends and family has been priceless during this time.

Beyond the good news we received about our little boy's heart, Jonathan and I have also decided on a name for our baby! We are so excited to be able to call him by name and, in just a few weeks, to be able to share that name with all of you!


  1. Glad to hear you heard some good news! You can be assured I'll continue praying for your son.

  2. Can't wait, so excited for you guys. And so happy to hear the good news

  3. What a praise! I was actually thinking about this appointment while I was in labor!!! I even told Michael that he should call Jonathan, but he said he was a little busy. Ha!! Imagine that.