Child Life Services

At Inova Children’s Hospital, we believe that meeting the psychosocial needs of children and their families is an essential component of exceptional comprehensive care. Our certified Child Life specialists partner with physicians, nurses and the entire team to craft an experience that is not only comfortable and soothing, but also promotes healthy coping and healing strategies.

For children scheduled for cardiac surgery, the Child Life team provides:

  • A pre-op tour that includes a developmentally appropriate description of what to expect

  • Support during pre-op bloodwork, echocardiograms and other tests, as needed

  • Hands-on preparation and support through admission and each step of the surgical process

In addition, Child Life Specialists also support children who come to the hospital for outpatient cardiac procedures.

Every year, the Pediatric Heart Program and Child Life Services hold a cardiac picnic for patients, their families and staff. This event helps to foster a sense of community within the pediatric cardiac program and allows time for patients and staff to reconnect - forging life-long relationships between our staff and the families they are so privileged to serve.

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