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The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Opens the World's First Delivery Unit for Mothers Diagnosed with Birth Defects in Fetus
Date:5/20/2008

The Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit at Children's Hospital Opens Today

PHILADELPHIA, May 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An innovative new labor and delivery unit is now available for expectant mothers needing highly specialized, sophisticated medical care. The Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is the world's first comprehensive medical unit for mothers carrying a fetus with a known birth defect.

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"The Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit represents a new paradigm for care of pregnant women whose fetus has been prenatally diagnosed with a birth defect," said Steven M. Altschuler, M.D., president and chief executive officer at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. "This state-of-the-art, one-of-a-kind unit will provide the most personalized, comprehensive care for these families before, during and after birth."

The new eight-bed labor and delivery unit will allow Children's Hospital's experts in fetal medicine and surgery to provide seamless, comprehensive care from prenatal diagnosis, delivery, and necessary interventions through postnatal follow-up. The Special Delivery Unit is an alliance between the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment and the Fetal Heart Program at Children's Hospital.

"We anticipate this unique, multidisciplinary approach will improve outcomes for children with fetal abnormalities in a family-friendly, supportive environment," said Scott Adzick, M.D., surgeon-in-chief and medical director of the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment. "This is a unique chance to make major advances to help children have better lives and it offers us an opportunity to push the field of fetal medicine forward."

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