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

Updated April 1, 2022

Current guidelines

Your appointment is considered essential and we are taking every precaution to keep you safe during your visit.

We continue to accept all referrals for prenatal diagnosis and fetal interventions. Prenatal monitoring and deliveries continue in our Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit, as does the exceptional care found in CHOP’s Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit, including our Neonatal Surgical Team.

Pre-visit screening calls

If you are scheduled for an evaluation with the CFDT, one of the fetal therapy nurse coordinators will call you for a pre-visit screening to assess your COVID-19 risk. If you are coming from an area with widespread community transmission of COVID-19 or think you may have been exposed, we will work with you to take the proper precautions and create a personalized care plan.

If you develop a fever, cough, sore throat, diarrhea, vomiting, fatigue, body aches, or loss of taste or smell prior to your planned arrival time, please call us at 1-800-IN-UTERO (800-468-8376).

Please note, this information will not prevent you from getting the care you need. It will help us coordinate safe testing and treatment to ensure your safety, as well as that of our staff.

Admission and pre-procedure testing

For your safety and the safety of your unborn baby, all patients scheduled to be admitted to the Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit will be tested for COVID-19. This will allow our team to ensure we take the proper precautions in caring for you and your family, as well as keep our staff safe.

Reduced entry procedures

We all have a responsibility to screen ourselves for signs and symptoms of illness throughout the year, not just during times of high viral transmission. Every year during viral season (approximately November through April), we ask families to reduce entry for parents, caregivers and siblings.

To keep our patients, families and staff safe from COVID-19 and other respiratory viral infections, we ask you to reduce the number of parents or caregivers as much as possible to all Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia sites.

We realize that it is important for you to feel supported by loved ones. Our guidelines reduce the risk of exposure while still allowing you to have a support person with you during appointments.

Only one support person may accompany you to appointments, and your support person cannot be ill (must be without fever, cough or other concerning symptoms) and cannot have testing pending for COVID-19. Siblings are not permitted to visit. Please arrange for alternate care outside of CHOP for any children.

We know this can be difficult, and we appreciate your understanding.

Protective masks

Based on CDC recommendations for healthcare facilities, CHOP asks that all visitors, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask over their mouth and nose as an extra layer of protection. You and your healthy adult support person will be provided with a disposable mask along with a storage bag and instructions. We appreciate your support in wearing a mask to help keep everyone safe.

Support resources and services

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for expecting mothers and their families. We are here to support you throughout your care and want you to know you will receive safe, high-quality, compassionate care from our extraordinary team.

Please do not hesitate to ask your care team for help at any time — we can connect you with a wide variety of supportive resources such as online support groups, psychology or social work services, and more.

See a list of additional psychosocial support resources available to you and your family.


For questions about your visit, please contact us at 1-800-IN-UTERO (800-468-8376).

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