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We offer a number of video resources of interest to families and healthcare professionals. We hope you will visit regularly, as we will be adding new selections. And please share your feedback! If you have comments or thoughts about how we can make the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment website better, please contact us.

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To Believe: The Art, the Science, the Wonder of Fetal Therapy

It took a small group of medical professionals, committed to curing life-threatening birth defects before birth, to unlock the secrets of the fetus and prove the efficacy of fetal therapy, battling skepticism and incredulity every step of the way.

Today, fetal therapy is recognized as one of the most promising fields in pediatric medicine. For more than 15 years, the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has been a center of excellence in this highly specialized discipline, advancing groundbreaking treatments, caring for thousands of families and offering hope where none existed before. To Believe is the story of fetal therapy, told by the clinicians and families who braved the unknown to help the unborn.

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Explore the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment

This virtual tour explores the facilities and services of the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment on The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Main Campus.

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Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit

In 2008, the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment opened the Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit, the world's first birth facility exclusively for mothers carrying babies with known birth defects. Learn more about what makes this unit so special in our updated video (new edition created in 2013).

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Fetal Family Reunions 

Our annual reunion brings together former patients, their families, and the professionals who cared for them. Over the years, this summertime event has grown along with the success of the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment.

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Fetal Diagnoses

Pathway to Hope: Lower Urinary Tract Obstructions

Lower urinary tract obstructions (LUTO) are rare anatomic defects where the urethra of a fetus is obstructed and prevents proper growth in utero. The Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia offers unparalleled services for families with children diagnosed with lower urinary tract obstructions. 

In this video series, experts from Children's Hospital discuss LUTO — which, in the past, was often fatal because of the impact on fetal lung growth — and a promising prenatal treatment now available. One family tells their story from prenatal diagnosis of LUTO, to assessment at CHOP; from prenatal surgical treatment, to their baby’s birth and his long-term prospects. Today, the future is bright for this active toddler.

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Birth of a Breakthrough: Spina Bifida

Performing delicate surgery in the womb, months before birth, can substantially improve outcomes for children with a common, disabling birth defect of the spine. Experts at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) co-led a new landmark study showing that fetal surgery for spina bifida greatly reduces the need to divert fluid from the brain, improves mobility and improves the chances that a child will be able to walk independently.

Watch the spina bifida video (extended version) to learn about the diagnosis and treatment options »
Watch our experts talk about the development of this prenatal treatment »

Reshaping a Life: What Families and Physicians Should Know About Teratomas

Teratomas present many challenges to practitioners. In this 32-minute video, clinicians from the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment explain the various types of teratomas, the importance of accurate diagnosis and monitoring, and the most advanced treatment options currently available. They also discuss follow-up care and long-term outcomes. The video is highlighted by patient stories.

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Breathing Easier: What Families and Physicians Should Know About Fetal Lung Anomalies

This 18-minute educational video helps families and professionals better understand fetal lung lesions and the highly successful treatment options available today. A diagnosis of a fetal lung anomaly, such as congenital cystic adenomatoid malformation (CCAM) or bronchopulmonary sequestration (BPS), need not end a pregnancy. The video is filled with accurate and reassuring information from the Center team, which is comprised of internationally known leaders in this field.

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Inside Out: Understanding Abdominal Wall Defects

In this video series, parents, nurses and doctors talk about abdominal wall defects and how The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is making great strides in the treatment of children with this condition.

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Lives in the Balance: Understanding Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome

Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome has challenged clinicians, researchers and parents since its identification several decades ago. In this newly-updated video, the staff of the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment presents a complete overview of the disorder and demonstrates how advanced prenatal care provides the best hope for positive outcomes. Our experts also discuss the most recent treatment protocols and the CHOP Cardiac Scoring System, a unique system that allows more accurate diagnosis of TTTS pregnancies. It's honest and reassuring information from one of the world's leading centers for fetal medicine.

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Managing the Complexities of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia

Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) is a complex and challenging anomaly in which attention to every tiny detail is crucial to achieving the best outcomes. In this educational DVD, staff from the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment present a full overview of CDH, the comprehensive care required to manage the condition, and the ongoing research that holds promise for affected babies.

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The Management of Myelomeningocele Study (MOMS)

MOMS is a national clinical trial comparing two treatment approaches to spina bifida -- prenatal surgical repair versus postnatal surgical repair, the current standard of care. This informational DVD provides an overview of the study and the patient experience by members of the MOMS steering committee and clinicians in the participating centers.

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