If a problem is suspected from a routine scan, or you have previously had a baby with a heart defect, you will be sent to a specialist unit where they can undertake a thorough scan of your baby’s heart. Although it is still very tiny, the sophisticated scanning equipment together with the experience of the staff, will ensure that as much information as possible is obtained about the structure of the heart.
If everything is fine they will be able to reassure you, if not they will be able to explain what the problem is and give you some idea of what can be done about it. Some problems are quite simple, others will mean that your baby will require surgery after birth (usually not for a few months for the defects babies with Down’s Syndrome have), and the unit will be able to discuss all of this with you.
You will of course be able to ask questions, but it can be easy to forget what was said with the stress you are under, so I suggest that you ask for the name of the defect to be written down for you, and take home any drawings that may have been done by the consultant. With this information it is much easier to find out more details later on if you want to.