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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

it features a welcome center with a calming wall mural and comfortable seating, concierge service, private rooms, and round-the-clock care provided by obstetricians, nurse-midwives and the most highly experienced nurses. The unit is decorated in muted, adult-friendly colors and the artwork features nature settings. Amenities in the rooms include colored sheets, robes and slippers and bath soaps. After delivery, mothers will be treated to a celebratory gourmet meal.

The Special Delivery Unit is named for the Garbose Family in recognition of a major gift from William and Lynne Garbose to support Children's Hospital's Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment.

Lynne Garbose, a member of Children's Hospital's Board of Directors said, "When I was carrying a baby diagnosed with a rare and complicated heart defect, I was unable to deliver my baby at the pediatric institution where she was to be treated. I was tremendously anxious about the logistics of transporting my critically ill newborn and, once transferred, I was pained by the physical separation between us. The Special Delivery Unit will enable babies to receive treatment immediately and allow mothers to be just 'down the hall' rather than in another location."

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 8,000 referrals from all 50 states and 46 countries. The Center has performed over 500 fetal surgery operations including major open fetal surgical procedures for birth defects such as spina bifida, less invasive fetoscopic or ultrasound guided surgeries for conditions such as twin-twin transfusion syndrome, or multidisciplinary coordinated special delivery approaches for babies that require surgic
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