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Children's Hospital Brings Hope to Special Babies and Their Families
Date:12/29/2009

le -- they will even provide some of the mother's postpartum care in the intensive care units where the babies are receiving care. Families are able to stay together, which helps to make a difficult time a little easier.

After delivery in the SDU, babies are treated immediately in the Harriet and Ronald Lassin Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit (N/IICU) or the Evelyn and Daniel M. Tabas Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) while the mother recovers in the same hospital.

Families from California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia all received care in the Special Delivery Unit at Children's Hospital this year.

As one of only a few centers of its kind in the world, the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia offers a wide range of comprehensive fetal surgery services that support patients from the prenatal evaluation stage through infant follow-up care. The Center was established in 1995 and has received over 10,000 referrals from all 50 states and 46 countries. The Center has performed more than 630 fetal surgery operations. Among those are major open fetal surgical procedures for birth defects such as spina bifida and less invasive fetoscopic or ultrasound guided surgeries for conditions such as twin-twin transfusion syndrome. Multidisciplinary coordinated special delivery approaches for babies that require surgical interventions while still on maternal-placental life support (EXIT delivery) or immediate cardiovascular evaluation and open heart versus less invasive surgery for major congenital heart disease (IMPACT delivery) are also offered.

About The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia was founded in 1855 as the nation's
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