Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Trendsetting in Philadelphia

This was a short blurb from the Philadelphia Business Journal. But it broadcasts volumes:

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is getting ready to open what it says will be the first comprehensive medical unit in the world for pregnant women carrying a baby with a known birth defect.
The $20 million Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit is being established so CHOP's fetal medicine and surgical specialists can provide care -- from prenatal diagnosis to surgery or other medical intervention to postnatal follow-up care -- all in one location.
The unit will open in stages over the next three weeks with deliveries expected to begin on or after June 9.
"Nobody else has this kind of dedicated space for the delivery of babies with birth defects," said Dr. Lori Howell, executive director of Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment at CHOP.

Can you imagine such a facility built for the purpose of caring for children like Caden?PRENATAL and postnatal care. Prenatal, people. That leads me to believe that CHOP values these lives and wouldn't automatically recommend termination if they're investing so heavily into this medical unit. Big time kudos to CHOP. I hope this is the start of a new trend everywhere. I really hope.

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