ECHO Study

An interview-based study exploring the outcomes for babies born with serious heart conditions.

What is the ECHO Study?

ECHO stands for 'examining congenital heart outcomes'. It's a study in which we're trying to understand why babies of different ethnicities born with serious heart conditions in New Zealand have different outcomes. We're doing this study in partnership with Heart Kids.

Who can take part?

Any parent(s) or caregiver(s) of a baby recently diagnosed with a life-threatening congenital cardiac condition can take part. Sharing your experience will help us gather information that could help other babies in the future. 

What does the study involve?

If you take part, you will have two one-hour interviews to talk about your experience of receiving the diagnosis of a heart problem in your child. The interviews will either be by video-conference call or face-to-face at a time and place of your choice. Whānau/ family support are welcome to attend.

Get in touch

To find out more or to register your interest in taking part, please contact the study co-ordinator, Dr Simone Watkins at or on 027 342 5811.

Current participating hospitals

Starship hospital
Honorary Professor Tom Gentles

Christchurch hospital
Dr Elza Cloete

Wellington hospital
Dr Jay Marlow
Fetal medicine specialist

Dr Simone Watkins