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Series on Prenatal Spina Bifida Surgery from

Doctors from the CFDT are featured in a five part series about advancements in fetal surgery with a focus on fetal surgery for spina bifida.

July 10, 2012
CHOP's First Fetal Surgery Patient Turns 16

Roberto Rodriguez, Jr.'s 1995 lung lesion surgery was the first-ever fetal surgery at CHOP. Now he’s 16 and an aspiring baseball player.

June 26, 2012
CHOP Celebrates 16th Fetal Surgery Family Reunion

Over 1,300 people from 18 states across the country gathered to celebrate the 16th Annual Fetal Family Reunion at the CFDT.

June 24, 2012
Fetal Surgery Is Coming of Age

Maternal-fetal care is entering a new era. Highly sophisticated surgical teams now repair spina bifida and other birth defects in the womb.

June 6, 2012
CHOP Celebrates 1000 Deliveries in Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit

Less than four years after opening the world’s first birth facility exclusively for mothers carrying babies with known birth defects, CHOP celebrates 1,000 deliveries.

April 16, 2012
Special Delivery Milestone Celebrated in Philadelphia

CHOP’s Special Delivery Unit, the first facility designed for mothers carrying babies with known birth defects, marks a milestone.

April 12, 2012
The Philadelphia Tribune Follows Family’s Fetal Surgery Story

Tiersa Cross wanted her daughter to have the best life possible, so she chose to undergo fetal surgery when she was just 24 weeks pregnant.

February 21, 2012
New Educational Video About Fetal Surgery for Spina Bifida

The CFDT’s educational video was created for both medical professionals and families coping with this difficult diagnosis.

October 19, 2011 Examines Role of Nurses in Treating Birth Defects

Nurses play an important role in the treatment of birth defects before birth, as detailed in landmark study looking at prenatal spina bifida surgery outcomes.

September 26, 2011
The Phila. Tribune Tells Family’s Sickle Cell Disease Story

Mom thankful for her son’s survival leads the charge to raise awareness and promote research for other kids with sickle cell disease

September 6, 2011

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If you are a member of the media interested in talking with experts or patients from The Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment, please contact Ashley Moore in the CHOP Public Relations Department: email or call 267-426-6071 (office) or 215-630-4683 (mobile).

Spread the Word

1 in every 33 babies is born with a birth defect, many so rare that most people and even many physicians have never heard of them. Our Birth Defects Awareness and Advocacy Toolkit has helpful tips so you can join the cause and spread the word about birth defects and treatments available.