A gripping, three-part documentary series called “TWICE BORN: Stories from the Special Delivery Unit,” aired on PBS in spring 2015, offering the first-ever look inside the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and its unique Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit. Watch a short preview below or visit PBS.org to learn more about the series. All three full episodes are available on Amazon.
TWICE BORN: Stories from the Special Delivery Unit (PBS Trailer)
N. Scott Adzick, MD: There was a huge amount of skepticism — huge. Because everybody says, “These guys, these guys are a little bit crazy. Gotta watch 'em; they’re a little bit crazy.”
Half the audience is like this, crossed like this, and the other half of the audience is ... their jaws down.
And then you’d sort of walk off the stage thinking, well maybe they’re right, maybe we are crazy. But, we weren’t. We weren’t.
Lesly, Parent: They just told me that it looked like there was a tumor coming out from the mouth; that my baby was going to die.
Julie S. Moldenhauer, MD: Weakness and paralysis at the knees, ankles and toes
Shelly, Parent: This is not part of our plan, like this couldn’t be my baby you’re talking about.
Nahla Khalek, MD: It’s an incredibly unstable situation for the twins.
Tina, Parent: We’re supposed to hear the heartbeat and see the baby’s moving, and everything was quiet.
Reggie, Parent: We were nervous beyond imagination.
Geneva, Parent: The diagnosis was fatal if there was no intervention.
Julie S. Moldenhauer, MD: Surgery on your baby while you are pregnant is a very, very big deal.
Lesly, Parent: They’re operating on the baby while she’s still attached to me.
Nahla Khalek, MD: And this kid’s coming out that’s it, he needs to come out.
N. Scott Adzick, MD: This can’t be done many places in the world. This is not amateur hour. This is very serious stuff.
Mark P. Johnson, MD: It’s very important for the parents to know that there are no guarantees.
Holly L. Hedrick, MD: We’re only going to be happy and victorious if it goes this way, but there’s a possibility that it won’t.
Nahla Khalek, MD: There are times where our hearts are broken. We carry every single heartbreak with us to every single case.
Bobby, Parent: One of the things we were trying our best to do was to allow ourselves mentally to go to the areas that made us afraid, you know, let’s go to that for a moment that we might lose her. To ignore it as a possibility is naïve.
Holly L. Hedrick, MD: We have all these patients, and their child they know even before they’re born that there’s something wrong with them? It doesn’t matter, doesn’t matter.
Reggie, Parent: He’s here, our baby’s here. He made it.
Unknown Speaker: Hello, look at your sweet little face.
N. Scott Adzick, MD: We’re driven by patient needs.
What’s going on?
We’re driven by trying to find solutions to those unsolved problems. It’s a miracle and a privilege to take care of patients, particularly babies. Babies are the future, right? What could be more compelling than a baby, gosh.
Topics Covered: Fetal Surgery
Related Centers and Programs: Richard D. Wood Jr. Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment, Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit