Feature ArticlesReproductive Health and Women With Congenital Heart Disease A Practice UpdateOsteen, Kathryn A. PhD, RN; Beal, Claudia C. PhD, RNAuthor Information Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing, Worth St Dallas, Texas. Corresponding Author: Kathryn A. Osteen, PhD, RN, Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing, 3700 Worth, St Dallas, TX 75246 (Kathryn_Mitchell@Baylor.edu). Disclosure: The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article. Submitted for publication: July 21, 2015; accepted for publication: September 28, 2015. The Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing: January/March 2016 - Volume 30 - Issue 1 - p 25-35 doi: 10.1097/JPN.0000000000000144 Buy Metrics Abstract The purpose of this article was to examine reproductive health issues for women with congenital structural abnormalities of the heart. Because of surgical advances and innovations in healthcare, infants with congenital heart disease often live now into adulthood. Women with congenital heart disease have reported the desire to have children but expressed concern about fertility and the health consequences of pregnancy. Although many women with congenital heart disease are able to give birth without adverse outcomes, life-threatening complications can occur. Best practices for the care of women with congenital heart disease are grounded in an understanding of how cardiac defects may affect pregnancy and in communicating the implications of cardiac defects for reproductive health to support informed decision making. Copyright © 2016 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.