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Special Delivery Unit for Pregnant Moms With Birth Defects in Fetus

bies from across the nation and around the world can be cared for in one place dedicated specifically to the care of these babies and their mothers,” said Lori Howell, RN, MSN, executive director of the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment. “The SDU is located near the hospital’s world-class Newborn/Infant Center and Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, and the multitude of Children’s Hospital’s renowned pediatric subspecialists are available at a moment’s notice.

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.

“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,” said Lynne Garbose, a member of Children’s Hospital’s Board of Directors. “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 in the world of its kind, 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 evaluation stages to follow-up care. The Center was established in 1995 and has received over 7000 referrals from all 50 states and 46 countries and has performed over 400 fetal surgery operations including more than 70 EXIT procedures.
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