The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
The Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit — A New Kind of Care

N. Scott Adzick, MD: Until 10 or so years ago, the clinical care that was provided at the Children's Hospital Philadelphia was usually from newborn to age 19 or beyond. Now there's a new paradigm for care involving care before birth for unborn babies, unborn patients, who have birth defects.

Thomas L. Spray, MD: Children with complex conditions in utero need to have specialized obstetrics, specialized delivery services, and often intervention either in utero or immediately after birth.

N. Scott Adzick, MD: One important component of the development of comprehensive care of a pregnant mother carrying a baby with a birth defect is the new Special Delivery Unit, the SDU for short.

Thomas L. Spray, MD: The Special Delivery Unit supplies a need that is not currently met anywhere else.

Alan W. Flake, MD: The SDU has sort of been the ultimate fulfillment of our mission as a fetal treatment center.

N. Scott Adzick, MD: It's an alliance between The Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment and The Fetal Heart Program at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Denise D. Donaghue, RN: Half of the babies that are delivered there come to the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and the other half end up going to our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Thomas L. Spray, MD: When you know about the defect and you know that something will need to be done right after birth, it makes sense for that baby to be where that care is going to be delivered.

Lynne Garbose: When we heard about the Special Delivery Unit it was just something that we had to be involved with.

Martha G. Hudson, M.S.W: The Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit is the final piece of the puzzle for families who are treated at The Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment.