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Celebrating 1,000 fetal surgeries

It took a small group of medical professionals, committed to treating life-threatening birth defects before birth, to dramatically expand the capabilities of fetal medicine. We’ve reached another milestone in the promising field.

Meet Audrey Rose, our 1,000th fetal surgery patient »

Specialized Care for Your Special Delivery

Having comprehensive care in one location, from diagnosis through birth and treatment, is critically important to the well-being of babies with known birth defects. Moms can stay close, and babies are treated immediately.

Tour our Special Delivery Unit »

Meet Our Patients

Know that you're not alone when diagnosed with a birth defect. Families treated at the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment share their experiences to support others.

Read their stories »

The World's Most Experienced Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Team

The conditions our team treats on a daily basis are some of the rarest diagnoses in the world. Since 1995, we’ve cared for over 14,000 patients from all 50 states and over 50 countries – an unparalleled level of experience caring for the tiniest patients before, during and after delivery.

Learn more about the fetal anomalies we treat »

Fetal Discussion Forum

Talk with other families about fetal diagnoses.

Visit the Fetal Discussion Forums »

fetal-logo-homeThe Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is an internationally recognized leader in fetal diagnosis, fetal surgery and fetal care. We offer highly specialized care to mothers carrying fetuses with known birth defects that require fetal surgery and treatment before or after birth.

Why Choose Us

  • We're the only fetal center offering comprehensive, family-centered care in one location, from diagnosis through birth in a special delivery unit for mothers carrying babies with known birth defects.
  • We're one of a few centers in the world to offer open fetal surgery for life-threatening conditions.
  • We have a high volume of patients. Since 1995, we've cared for more than 15,700 expectant parents from all 50 states and 50 countries.
  • Our team are pioneers in fetal diagnosis, fetal surgery and fetal medicine and constantly work to refine and advance the techniques used to treat fetal conditions.
  • We treat the full range of fetal anomalies, many so rare that a physician may encounter only one or two cases in a career.
  • Our surgeons are recognized worldwide for their skill and excellent outcomes.
  • We offer a full range of the most advanced fetal diagnosis testing available.
  • The Fetal Heart Program diagnoses fetal heart defects early in pregnancy and coordinates care. After birth, babies are treated in the Cardiac Center, one of the world's top pediatric heart programs.
  • Babies who require care after birth receive advanced care in CHOP's Harriet and Ronald Lassin Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit, ranked among the best in the nation for newborn care.
  • From the first phone call, we coordinate all of your treatment, offering caring counseling and comprehensive support services.
  • We work closely with your physician to coordinate care — many expectant mothers can be monitored at home during their pregnancies.
  • We educate other physicians about fetal conditions, fetal diagnosis and fetal surgeries and treatments.
  • We offer a supportive community to families that includes an annual on-site reunion.

RSVP Today for our Annual Family Reunion

The 2014 Fetal Family Reunion is set for June 22 in Philadelphia. Visit our reunion page to RSVP or learn more. We look forward to seeing you!

Our Services

Our doctors and staff will work with you through the fetal diagnosis process to formulate a custom plan for treatment. Contact us today to learn how we can help.

Tour the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment

The Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment is one of the world's premier programs caring for babies with prenatally-diagnosed birth defects.
Take a tour of the center »

Inside the Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit

Learn about the world's first comprehensive birth facility within a pediatric hospital specifically designed for mothers carrying babies with known birth defects.
Watch Family First: Inside the Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit »

To Believe: The Story of Fetal Therapy

Hear the story of fetal therapy, told by the clinicians and families who braved the unknown to help the unborn.
Watch the video »

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Contact Us

International Visitors

Call 001-267-426-6298 or learn about our international patient services »

Save the Date for the Daisy Day Luncheon

The 2014 Daisy Day Luncheon will take place on Thursday, May 8, 2014. Proceeds raised from this year’s event will benefit the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment. Learn more about Daisy Day 2014 and how you can support our Center »

No. 1 in the Nation

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia ranked No. 1 in U.S.News & World Report’s 2013-14 Honor Roll of the nation’s Best Children’s Hospitals. Learn more »

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