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Parent Resources

When you learn your baby has a congenital defect, it's common to have overwhelming feelings of helplessness and grief for the loss of the “perfect” baby. We’re here to support you through a difficult situation, provide diagnostic information, listen and familiarize you with the resources needed to provide the best possible outcome for you and your baby.

When you visit the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment for an evaluation, you will tour our facilities, including our 83-bed Harriet and Ronald Lassin Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit, which provides state-of-the-art care for your baby.

The following resources provide information and help you take advantage of the services offered by The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. We hope to make this stressful time in your life a bit easier.

Family-centered support services

Details the physical resources and support services available for families at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, including counseling and social work services, the Connelly Resource Center for Families, the Welcome Center and Outpatient Family Handbook.

Family accommodations

Includes housing and sleep options in the Hospital and nearby for families who need an extended stay.

Traveling to Children's Hospital

Provides directions and parking information for your trip to The Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Diagnoses-related resources

Includes a list of websites, books, support groups and information specific to your baby’s diagnosis.

Pregnancy resources

Details some general pregnancy information. Includes tips for coping with bed rest during pregnancy, breastfeeding, postpartum depression and more.

Local resources

Provides links to cultural, recreational and travel resources in the Philadelphia area.

Contact us

For more information about the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment, call 1-800-IN-UTERO (1-800-468-8376) or fill out our online form. We're available to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Information About Your Child's Condition

To learn more about your child's specific congenital defect, see our fetal diagnoses pages.

1 in 33

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 Family Toolkit has helpful tips so you can join the cause and spread the word about birth defects and treatments available.

Hope for the Future

Read about the Center's annual family reunion and view photos of patients celebrating life.