Two years ago, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia created a special delivery unit for babies with birth defects.
500 babies later, Fox 29’s Claudia Gomez takes a look at the difference it’s making.
At first glance, Baby Charlotte is the envy of any parent-nothing seems to disturb her sleep, but life has been far from easy for the three-month old.
Lindsay Groff, Charlotte’s mom, tells us that Charlotte was born with some of her organs outside of her body.
Had little Charlotte been born anywhere else, she probably would have been rushed to CHOP, leaving mom behind, to recover. Thanks to this new delivery unit, Charlotte and her mom were able to stay just a few rooms away from each other.
CHOP created this unit two years ago, so babies could be closer to their parents. It is the only unit of its kind in the world. It is the brainchild of William and Lynne Garbose, whose daughter was diagnosed in utero with a heart defect.
Joanne Host, Nurse Manager told Claudia, "Studies show us that babies do much better when their parents are at their bedside. Their heart rates are lower because they're happier. They can smell mom and dad so they're not as frightened."
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