Special Delivery Unit Newborn/Infant Stabilization Team

A special Newborn/Infant Stabilization Team is a vital part of the Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit (SDU) at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. This multidisciplinary team is comprised of a group of clinicians skilled in the delivery room care of babies with known congenital birth defects (both cardiac and non-cardiac).

The most advanced fetal imaging technologies and expert diagnostic capabilities allow us to know as much as we can about your baby before birth. This helps us effectively plan the crucial details of their delivery, so the right people are ready and waiting to meet them immediately after the umbilical cord is cut.

Established in 2008 as the first birth facility in a pediatric hospital designed exclusively for healthy mothers carrying babies with birth defects, we see a high volume of uncommon diagnoses each year in the SDU. Our team works hand-in-hand with maternal-fetal medicine and pediatric specialists in CHOP’s Richard D. Wood Jr. Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment. We work seamlessly together to provide the highest-quality and safest care for both mother and baby.

Your labor and delivery will be managed while your baby’s team prepares in a state-of-the-art stabilization suite connected to the operating rooms and delivery suites. This team is there for your baby from the very first breath to provide whatever care they need immediately after birth. We bring the intensive care unit (ICU) to the delivery room. Any unexpected needs can be handled swiftly with immediate access to all the world-renowned specialists in the hospital.

Your baby’s next destination will be an intensive care unit:

  • Babies with non-cardiac birth defects will be admitted to our level 4 Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit (N/IICU), which has been consistently recognized as among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Here, babies will be in close proximity to pediatric operating rooms and interventional radiology suites.
  • Babies with congenital heart disease will be admitted to the Evelyn and Daniel M. Tabas Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU), part of the Hospital’s world-renowned Cardiac Center, also consistently recognized as among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.