Cardio-Obstetrics: Providing You and Your Baby Advanced Care for Cardiac Conditions

Pregnancy is hard on the heart. While you are pregnant, your heart needs to work harder to support the increased blood you and your growing baby need. If you have a pre-existing heart condition, you’re at an increased risk of heart related complications. Our cardio-obstetrics program is specially designed to support you and your child through pregnancy, delivery and recovery.

About Cardio-Obstetrics

Cardio-obstetrics combines the obstetric expertise of maternal-fetal medicine specialists alongside the heart expertise of cardiologists. Together, these specialists provide a unique perspective on how to manage your heart condition, helping you and your child during pregnancy. If you have a pre-existing heart condition, such as Marfan syndrome, cardiomyopathy, arrhythmias or congenital heart disease you or your baby may require additional care throughout your pregnancy. As part of your prenatal screenings, our team can help with additional fetal echo scans and assist you with managing any possible treatment or therapy needed.

Why Choose Johns Hopkins for Cardio-Obstetric Care?

Collaboration and Expertise

Our program combines the multidisciplinary expertise of cardiology, maternal-fetal medicine, and adult congenital cardiology. We also have access to specialized surgeons and care throughout Johns Hopkins.

Labor and Delivery

Through this program, mothers deliver their baby in the supportive environment of The Johns Hopkins Hospital labor and delivery unit without the risk of being transferred to the cardiac critical care unit.

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Streamlined Appointments

Moms have the ability to combine their prenatal scans and heart scans into one appointment.


Specialized labor and delivery rooms are equipped with cardiac monitoring systems and newborn beds. This allows for you and your child to remain together, bonding during recovery.

 Meet Our Team of Experts

Maternal-Fetal Medicine Experts

  • Jason Vaught, M.D.

    • Director, Labor and Delivery
    • Director, Advanced Obstetric Surgery Center
    • Robert E. Meyerhoff Professor
    • Associate Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
    • Associate Professor of Surgery
  • Torre Leigh Halscott, M.D., M.S.

    • Medical Director of Nelson 2 Clinic
    • Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics

Cardiology Experts

Congenital Cardiology Experts

Ari Michael Cedars, M.D.

  • Director, Adult Congenital Heart Disease
  • Associate Professor of Medicine
  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Obstetric Anesthesia Experts

Jamie Deneen Murphy, M.D.

  • Director of Obstetric Anesthesia
  • Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
  • Associate Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics

Frequently Asked Questions

Locations Nelson/Harvey Building, 2nd Floor

The Johns Hopkins Hospital

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600 North Wolfe St
Baltimore, MD 21287
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Request an Appointment: 443-997-0400