For some families, due to choice or health or other factors, postnatal surgery for spina bifida is the right option. In those cases, the mother and baby can be monitored at home and monthly ultrasound and pregnancy updates are monitored by CHOP. Mothers return to CHOP around 37 weeks gestation and delivery takes place by cesarean section. The baby is evaluated by the multidisciplinary team of experts and postnatal surgery for spina bifida is performed within 24-48 hours after birth. Mother and baby remain close to one another because the surgery suite is located in the same facility where the mother is recovering from birth. Generally, the mother can see and hold her baby on the same day as postnatal surgery for spina bifida. Both mom and baby undergo the same close monitoring as do patients following prenatal surgery.

Learn more at chop.edu/service/fetal-diagnosis-and-treatment/fetal-diagnoses/spina-bifida.html.

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