Examines Role of Nurses in Treating Birth Defects

Published on in CHOP in the Media

September 26, 2011 — Nurses’ roles in the landmark Management of Myelomeningocele Study (MOMS) were detailed in an article published by, parent company of Nursing Spectrum and Nurse Week.

The study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, compared the outcomes of children who received prenatal treatment for spina bifida vs. those who received the more traditional postnatal repair. The results overwhelmingly supported prenatal treatment. Results of the study were published in the New England Journal of Medicine in February 2011.

The story examined the role of Lori J. Howell, MS, RN, executive director of CHOP’s Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment, and that of dozens of other nurses who provided postpartum and antepartum care and assisted in the operating room or counseled parents.