Spina bifida is a birth defect in which an area of the spinal column doesn’t form properly, leaving a section of the spinal cord and spinal nerves exposed through an opening in the back. Myelomeningocele (MMC), the most common and serious form of spina bifida, may be treated before birth with fetal surgery. Other forms of spina bifida can be repaired postnatally.
CHOP’s Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment offers an unmatched level of care for babies with prenatally diagnosed birth defects. Our team is among the most experienced in the world, and includes pioneers in fetal medicine. Learn about our expertise and approach to care, and why that means better outcomes for your baby.