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

Updated April 30, 2020

As we navigate this challenging, stressful time together, we want you to know that all of the healthcare providers in the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment (CFDT) and Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit (SDU) are here for you. We would also like to provide updates on the many precautions we are taking to support broader public health efforts to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

CFDT and SDU leadership are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and adapting our policies as needed to ensure the safety of our patients, families and staff. Please note this is a rapidly evolving situation. We will be updating our families regularly with key information.

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.

Visitor restrictions

Restricted visitation procedures are in place for all visits. At this time only the mother (patient) and one healthy patient support person will be permitted at appointments. The support person cannot be ill (must be without fever, cough or other concerning symptoms) or have testing pending for COVID-19.

Siblings are not permitted. Please arrange for alternate care outside of CHOP for any children.

We know this is a challenging time, and we thank you for your understanding and partnership in keeping our patients, families and staff safe.

Protective masks

If you visit any CHOP facility at this time, you’ll notice that all employees are wearing protective masks. We are taking this extra precaution to prevent possible COVID-19 exposure between staff members and between staff and patients. By staying healthy, we’ll be sure to be here when you need us.

Based on CDC recommendations for the public, CHOP now asks that all parents/caregivers visiting a CHOP facility and children over 2 years old wear a mask over their mouths and noses as an extra layer of protection. Our patient and their healthy adult support person in the CFDT and SDU 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

This is an incredibly stressful time for expecting mothers and their families. We are here to support you throughout your care. 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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