Richard D. Wood Jr. Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Resources
Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment: A Tour
Watch this video tour to learn what to expect at your first appointment with the Richard D. Wood Jr. Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment.
Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit: A Tour
Learn what to expect when you deliver a baby at CHOP's Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit.
Stay Connected to the CFDT
There are many ways to keep in touch with fellow patient families and stay up to date on our latest news:
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Hosts for Hospitals
Hosts for Hospitals is a unique nonprofit program that provides accommodations in the homes of local families at minimal or no cost to families whose homes are far away.
Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House
The Ronald McDonald House serves as a "home-away-from-home" for families whose children are being treated at nearby hospitals. The Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House has rooms available for patient families as well as mothers undergoing fetal surgery or delivering in CHOP’s Special Delivery Unit.
Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey
The Ronald McDonald House serves as a "home-away-from-home" for families whose children are being treated at nearby hospitals. The Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey has rooms available for patient families as well as mothers undergoing fetal surgery or delivering in CHOP’s Special Delivery Unit.
For Parents and Caregivers
Preparing to Hold Your Baby in Intensive Care
Here are some common questions parents have when they think about holding their baby in intensive care. Your care team is here to support you ever step of the way.
Fast Facts about Birth Defects
Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) Facts
Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) is just as common as cystic fibrosis, but many people have never heard of it. Get the facts about CDH and share to help raise awareness of the condition.
Facts About Spina Bifida
Did you know that spina bifida is the most common permanently disabling birth defect in the U.S.? Learn more spina bifida facts and help spread the word.
Fast Facts About Twin-twin Transfusion Syndrome
Get the facts about twin-twin transfusion syndrome then share this infographic with your friends and family to help raise awareness of the condition.
Fetal Surgery Infographic
Get the facts about fetal surgery then share this infographic with your friends and family to help raise awareness of the ways babies can be treated for serious and life-threatening conditions even before they’re born.
Nursing Mother’s Companion by Kathleen Huggins
Kathleen Huggins equips breastfeeding mothers with all the information they need to overcome potential difficulties and nurse their babies successfully.
The Breastfeeding Book by William Sears
This book provides information on how to get started with breastfeeding, including tips for latching on, increasing your milk supply, breastfeeding in absentia, breast pumps and more.
The Complete Book of Breastfeeding by Marvin S. Eiger & Sally Wendkos Olds
This book offers a comprehensive introduction to breastfeeding — how to get ready before the baby arrives, how to involve fathers and siblings, the best diet and foods for mom, and more.
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding (La Leche League International Book)
Working mothers, stay-at-home moms, single moms, and mothers of multiples will all benefit from this book’s range of nursing advice, stories, and information.
Frequently Asked Questions about Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia: Helping You Make Choices About Your Child's Care
More information about congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) to help make choices about your child’s care and choose a CDH treatment center that is right for you.
Role of ECMO in Treating Babies with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia
Babies born with congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) may go on ECMO if they aren’t responding well to other efforts to stabilize them. Find answers to common questions parents have about this potential treatment.
Spina Bifida Surgery During Pregnancy: Illustrations
See step-by-step illustrations of the stages involved in fetal repair of spina bifida.
What Is Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia: Illustrated
View an illustrated explanation of postnatal surgery to repair congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH).
Getting Help for a PMAD
If you or your loved one continue to have difficulty with a perinatal or postpartum mood and anxiety disorder, it may be helpful to contact a mental health professional for additional support.
Guided Relaxation Exercises
These guided videos and audio recordings can help create a more peaceful and restful state of mind for parents, caregivers, and adolescent/young adult patients.
Connelly Center for Families
The Connelly Resource Center for families is located on the 8th floor of the Main Hospital. Inside, families will find a family and children's library, a learning center and a hospitality area for free services such as laundry, business needs, naps, learning or relaxing.
The Jill & Mark Fishman Center for Families
The Jill & Mark Fishman Center for Families, located on the first floor of the Main Hospital, provides families with a welcoming space as well as assistance with housing, transportation and local resources.
Perinatal and Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders
Depression During and after Pregnancy
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides a free booklet on depression during and after pregnancy for women, their families and friends.
National Women’s Health Information Center
NWHIC, a service of the Office of Women’s Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), focuses on emerging women's health priorities to meet the needs of women and girls. Their website provides health and wellness information, reproductive health resources, and information about diseases and conditions including postpartum depression.
Postpartum Depression in Dads and Partners Podcast
In this episode of the Primary Care Perspectives podcast series, David Levine, MD, pediatrician and board member, Postpartum Support International, discusses perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) in dads, partners, and adoptive parents.
Postpartum Support International
Provides support to families experiencing postpartum depression. Find information about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, and get connected with the best local resources available.
American Pregnancy Association
The American Pregnancy Association is a national health organization that promotes reproductive and pregnancy wellness through education, support, advocacy and community awareness.
And Mommy’s On Her Side by Heidi Morse Travis
This book is for children ages 2-10 whose mother is on pregnancy bed rest. It will help children better understand, be less fearful and realize there is an end to the bed rest experience.
Days In Waiting by Mary Ann McCann
Women undergoing bed rest during pregnancy will benefit from the insight McCann gained as she successfully endured both an at-home as well as extended hospital bed rest.
Free Online Childbirth Classes at About.com
About.com offers free online childbirth classes that include a comprehensive discussion of labor and birth from a certified childbirth educator and RN.
Medline Plus Pregnancy Website
Medline Plus' Pregnancy website offers late-breaking news, health advice, pregnancy anatomy and physiology, prenatal nutrition, and much more.
Sidelines is a national nonprofit organization that provides support to women who are on bed rest during pregnancy.
The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin
This book includes information on how to prepare for labor; epidurals and other medications for labor; cesarean birth, breastfeeding and newborn care and much more.
The Pregnancy Bed Rest Book by Amy E. Tracy
Amy E. Tracy shares her experiences ─ and those of many others ─ to help you and your family not only survive but thrive during your pregnancy.
The Pregnancy Book by William and Martha Sears
Baby and childcare experts, Dr. Bill and Martha Sears, tell you what to expect, month by month, from conception through birth in this comprehensive guide.
When Pregnancy Isn’t Perfect by Laurie A. Rich
When Pregnancy Isn't Perfect is a companion, adviser and lifeline for the thousands of women who face the prospect of a problem pregnancy.
Support and Education Groups
Mama Care Prenatal Care and Support Group
Mama Care combines prenatal care, childbirth education and a support group into one program for healthy mothers giving birth in the Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Online Support Groups for New and Expecting Parents
Online support groups are a safe avenue to find therapeutic support for the symptoms of anxiety, depression and social isolation from the comfort of home.
2020 Fetal Family Reunion: Virtual Edition!
Every year, patients, families and staff from the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment gather for a reunion. This year it was virtual! Watch the video for highlights.
2022 Fetal Family Reunion: The Zoo Edition
Watch a video capturing highlights from the 2022 Fetal Family Reunion at the Philadelphia Zoo.
Avery's Spina Bifida Journey
Before Avery was born, doctors discovered she had spina bifida, and she underwent fetal surgery. Fast forward four years, and see Avery run, jump and play.
Birth of a Breakthrough: Spina Bifida Video Series
This spina bifida video series talks about how to deal with a spina bifida diagnosis for your unborn child, from prenatal diagnosis, to treatment options, delivery and follow-up care at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Breathing Easier: Fetal Lung Anomalies
In this video series, doctors and nurses from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia describe the diagnosis and treatment of different fetal lung anomalies.
Celebrating Lyra! And 5,000 Deliveries in the Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit
Celebrating the 5,000th delivery in the Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit.
Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Repair: Lillian Jane’s CDH Story, Prenatal Diagnosis to Home
This video follows one family’s journey from prenatal diagnosis of congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) through delivery and CDH surgery to discharge home.
Conjoined Twins Abby and Erin Delaney: A Year in the Life
In this video you’ll join the Delaney family on their journey, learn about the large team involved in the separation surgery, and see how Abby and Erin are doing today.
Connor's Spina Bifida Journey
Connor has been in the spotlight since before he was born. Doctors closed a hole in his spine while he was still in his mother's womb. Follow his journey.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Cleft Lip and Palate
In this video, clinicians and patient families talk about the diagnosis and treatment of cleft lip and palate, the most common congenital facial anomaly.
Family First: Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit
Watch this video about CHOP's Special Delivery Unit, the first birthing unit of its kind for families expecting babies with a prenatally diagnosed birth defect.
Fetal Diagnosis and Fetal Surgery: The World’s Most Experienced Fetal Care Center
Families who faced the diagnosis of a birth defect join clinicians in sharing what makes the Wood Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment the best place for prenatal diagnosis, fetal care and fetal surgery.
Fetal Surgery for Spina Bifida Video
This video about fetal surgery for spina bifida explains spina bifida treatment options, the benefits of spina bifida surgery before birth and more.
Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit Celebrates 10 Years
Watch highlights from the 10th birthday celebration of the Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Inside Out: Understanding Abdominal Wall Defects (AWD)
In this video series, doctors, nurses and parents talk about abdominal wall defects, including omphaloceles and gastroschisis, and how these conditions are diagnosed and treated at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Lives in the Balance: Understanding Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome
In this video series, experts from the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment at CHOP present a complete overview of twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS).
Long-term Management of Pulmonary Hypoplasia
Watch this short video to learn more about the long-term, multidisciplinary care provided through CHOP's Pulmonary Hypoplasia Program.
Pathway to Hope: Lower Urinary Tract Obstructions
In this video series, CHOP experts explain lower urinary tract obstructions (LUTO), from diagnosis and possible prenatal treatment, to delivery and treatment after birth and follow-up care.
Reshaping a Life: Teratomas
In this video, clinicians from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia explain the diagnosis and treatment of various types of teratomas, or fetal tumors.
Spina Bifida Care
Watch a short video highlighting key aspects of spina bifida care provided at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Spina Bifida Surgery Before Birth: Illustrated Video
A video with illustrations explains the intricate steps involved in performing spina bifida surgery before birth and the expert fetal surgery team involved.
The Delaney Twins: Progress Report
An update on Abby and Erin Delaney, who were born conjoined and separated at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Now now 2½ years old, they are making amazing strides in their growth and development.
The Separation of Conjoined Twins Lily and Addy Altobelli
Watch the inspiring story of Addy and Lily Altobelli, conjoined twins who were separated at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia on Oct. 13, 2021.
Breath of Hope
Breath of Hope raises awareness of congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) by educating and supporting parents, family members, medical professionals, and anyone who wants to learn more about CDH.
CDH International is a global collective of hospitals, researchers, and charities working together to stop congenital diaphragmatic hernia with a focus on advancing CDH research and accrediting hospitals and charities.
CHERUBS: The Association of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Research, Awareness and Support
CHERUBS is the family support division of CDH International, a nonprofit group that supports families and medical care providers of children with congenital diaphragmatic hernia.
La Leche League International
Find comprehensive breastfeeding information, online forums and support groups, FAQs, conferences, an international online store, and more.
March of Dimes
March of Dimes is an international organization that works to prevent birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality and to support expectant and new parents.
Omphalocele Awareness/Mothers of Omphaloceles (MOOS)
Omphalocele Awareness/Mothers of Omphaloceles (MOOS) is an Internet support group for families of children with omphaloceles.
Peyton’s Promise helps raise awareness and money for ongoing congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) research. It was founded by Debbie and Dustin Laricks, whose daughter Peyton was born with CDH.
Spina Bifida Association
The Spina Bifida Association is a comprehensive source of information and resources about spina bifida, the most common permanently disabling birth defect in the United States.
Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome Foundation
The TTTS Foundation's website offers information for families during and after pregnancy, research updates, a message board, and more.