Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment

Learning that your unborn baby has a birth defect can turn a time of joy into a time of uncertainty. Know that you’re not alone. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment is here to support you every step of the way. From diagnosis and prenatal management through fetal surgery, delivery and care after birth, our team of internationally-recognized experts in fetal therapy and maternal-fetal medicine works together to make sure you and your baby receive the best possible care.

Coronavirus Updates for CFDT and SDU Patients: Preparing for Your Visit

Why Choose Us?

The moment you learn a baby is on the way, you want the very best for your child. Here at the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment, you’ll find an unmatched level of care for babies with prenatally diagnosed birth defects — since 1995, we’ve cared for more than 25,289 expectant parents from around the world and performed more than 1,847 fetal surgeries. Every day we’re searching for new ways to treat these life-threatening conditions, offering hope for a better future for all children with birth defects.

Our Team

At the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment, you will have access to a team of pioneers in fetal diagnosis, fetal surgery and fetal medicine who are constantly working to refine and advance the techniques used to treat fetal conditions.


Next Steps
Pregnant Mom and Toddler

Choosing a Fetal Treatment Center

Know what questions to ask when considering fetal surgery so you can make an informed decision that is right for you and your baby.

Pregnant Mom and Child

What to Expect

From the moment of referral through delivery and postnatal care, your family can expect a supportive experience when you come to us with a diagnosis of a birth defect.


You Might Also Like
Reagan sleeping

Fighting the Odds

Fetal surgery during a pandemic? It happened at CHOP and Reagan's family will be forever grateful.

Nurse holding newborn

The World’s Most Experienced Fetal Care Center

Clinicians and families share what makes the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment the best place for prenatal diagnosis, fetal care and fetal surgery.

title screen from Twice Born

Watch PBS Documentary Series "Twice Born"

“TWICE BORN: Stories from the Special Delivery Unit,” is a gripping documentary series that follows four families seeking treatment at CHOP's Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment.