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Referring a patient outside your care is an act of trust. You must be confident the team you refer to has the knowledge, training and experience to make a significant difference in the outcome for your patient. 

At the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, we take that responsibility very seriously. We welcome a partnership with By the Numbers More than 15,700Patients referred to the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment
More than 9,735Patients evaluated at the Center 1,142Fetal surgeries performed at the Center (before birth) 1,805Deliveries in the Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit since opening in June 2008.
All numbers except deliveries reflect data from 1995-March 2014 at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
you to confirm your patient's diagnosis, establish a care plan based on that diagnosis, and communicate regularly with you about your patient's treatment.

The Center is an internationally recognized leader in fetal diagnosis, fetal surgery and fetal care. As the nation's first center dedicated to treating prenatally diagnosed birth defects, our multidisciplinary team has been together for more than 15 years and treated some of the most complex fetal anomalies in the world. 

Our surgeons and clinical team are active in clinical trials and basic and clinical research projects. Through innovation and perseverance, we are changing the course of treatment for many children with birth defects.

As part of one of the top-ranked and largest children’s hospitals in the U.S., we have a high volume of patients and treat the full range of fetal anomalies. Our Center has cared for more than 15,700 expectant parents from all 50 states and more than 50 countries.

Our large patient volume and the diversity of cases we see every day give us a depth and breadth of experience that is unparalleled in the world. Because of this, we are uniquely qualified to share our knowledge and experience with you to help your patients.

Call us at 1-800-IN-UTERO (800-468-8376) to talk to a fetal specialist who can work directly with you and your patients.

How we can help you

Many of the fetal anomalies we treat at The Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment are quite rare; a physician may encounter only one or two cases in an entire career. Yet our team sees and treats these complex anomalies every day.

Our experience, cutting-edge diagnostic tools, obstetric surgical expertise and facilities allow us to provide families with an accurate diagnosis and full range of treatment options. We work with you and your patients to give you all the information and support you need. Our goal is to help families make the best decisions for their individual circumstances.

Referral guidelines

As soon as you detect a fetal anomaly, we are here to help. We will speak with you directly, request your patient's medical record and assist your patient with any needs they may have — from travel to lodging. We'll work with you and your patient to schedule a full evaluation to confirm the diagnosis at the Center as soon as possible.

To help you understand our referral process and what you can expect from the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment when you refer a patient here, we have created general referral guidelines.

Physician tool kits

We have also created physician tool kits for twin-twin transfusion syndrome and myelomeningocele (spina bifida) — two of the most common fetal anomalies we treat.

We will be creating additional tool kits for other fetal anomalies in the coming months. If you'd like to suggest a tool kit for a specific fetal anomaly, please use our online contact form.

Condition content (English and Spanish)

Conditions We Treat at the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment at CHOP
Conditions We Treat:
By the Numbers

Along with resources for professionals, we also offer diagnosis-specific content written for families. You can refer patients to our fetal diagnoses pages for comprehensive, yet easy-to-understand details about abdominal wall defects, lung lesions, lower urinary tract obstructions and more.

As an added service to families, all diagnosis-specific content is available in English and in Spanish (en Español). You can instruct Spanish-speaking patients to use the tab at the top of each web page to change their language preference.

Condition information can also be easily printed from our website — in English or Spanish — to share with your patients. 

The CHOP difference

We want you to feel comfortable referring your patients to the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment at CHOP. The links below will be useful for you and your patient to learn more about our program, our approach to care and the wealth of resources we can offer to you and your patients.

Fetal Surgeries for Congenital Anomalies Accessible Chart for Screen Readers


* Prenatal surgery is not indicated in all cases. Many other patients with fetal anomalies are treated surgically after birth by CHOP's multidisciplinary team of experts.

Our approach to care
This page details what your patients can expect from CHOP, what you can tell your patients and ways to get families the information they need as soon as possible.

Our team
Learn about our multidisciplinary team of professionals who are available to answer any question you or your patients may have about their baby's condition, treatment options and long-term prognosis.

Our diagnosis and treatment services
This section offers patients detailed information about the Center's advanced diagnostic tools and the testing modalities we use to confirm diagnosis; details treatment options we offer before and after birth to treat fetal anomalies; and briefly touches on how continued research by Center staff is refining and advancing care for children with fetal anomalies.

Our support services
Learn about how family-centered care permeates everything we do, the range of support services available to families, local accommodations and more.

Training opportunities

We offer a number of training events for physicians who want to learn more about diagnosing and treating fetal anomalies. Whether you are looking for an intensive fellowship to work side-by-side with innovators at The Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment or expand your understanding of fetal conditions you may encounter in your practice, we have educational options available to you. 

Please see our training opportunities for details about fellowships, continuing medical education and times to interact with our staff.  

Communication and publications

The Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment keeps in contact with referring physicians through regular print, electronic and verbal communication.

For details about our most recent print publications for the professional community — including our newsletter In Utero Insights, see communication and publications.

Contact us

We look forward to building a partnership with you to provide the most advanced and compassionate care for patients.

For more information, please contact The Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment at 1-800-IN-UTERO (1-800-468-8376) or use our contact form for professionals.

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