Psychosocial Support Services in the CFDT and SDU

Learning that your baby has a birth defect is a stressful, life-changing experience. To help you cope, the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment (CFDT) and the Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit (SDU) offer a wide array of counseling and support services to families. We are here to help with any psychosocial or emotional needs that may come up during your care. Because we know that caring for you means caring for those who mean the most to you, our support services are available to your family as well.

Your family has access to supportive services during the prenatal course, at the time of delivery, throughout your postpartum recovery, and while your baby is in the Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit (N/IICU) or Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU). These services are made possible at no charge due to philanthropic support.

Our team can:

  • Help you cope with your high-risk pregnancy as well as your baby’s hospitalization
  • Direct your family to local resources, both at CHOP and once you return home
  • Remain involved with you after discharge if needed
  • Manage the care of perinatal and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders

Through education and consistent support throughout the prenatal and postpartum period, our team can help you and your family cope with the emotional impact of having a baby with a birth defect.

Counseling and support services

The following services and resources are available to patients cared for in the CFDT and SDU, and their families:


Next Steps
Pregnant Mom and Toddler

Wood Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment

The Wood Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment cares for women carrying babies with known birth defects, from diagnosis to fetal surgery to care after birth.

Pregnancy and Zika virus

Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit

CHOP’s Special Delivery Unit is the world’s first birth facility in a pediatric hospital specifically designed for healthy mothers carrying babies with known birth defects.