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Twice Born: Stories from the Special Delivery Unit

Twice Born: Stories from the Special Delivery Unit

  • Premiered: 
    March 31, 2015
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  • Network: PBS
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Medical
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Plot Synopsis

This three-part series spotlights the alternately heartbreaking and life-affirming stories from inside the fetal surgery center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). TWICE BORN follows several families from around the country as they go through the emotional process of learning about medical challenges facing their unborn children, assessing the options of prenatal surgery and making decisions once their options are clear. Patients include: Lesly, a young single mother, who journeys to CHOP from California because her baby has developed an aggressive tumor in utero that threatens its ability to breathe or eat; Shelly and Bobby, who travel from Massachusetts after learning their baby has spina bifida, a debilitating condition that causes a range of problems including impaired mobility, hydrocephalus and a number of other lifelong challenges; Tina and Brion, who journey to the center from their home in Texas seeking hope for their unborn twins diagnosed with the rare and dangerous twin-twin transfusion syndrome; and Geneva and Reggie, who travel from North Carolina after their unborn child develops a life-threatening urinary tract obstruction. The series underscores how the unit has revolutionized prenatal care and how such delicate procedures come with serious considerations, led by CHOP's team of medical experts, including surgeons Dr. Scott Adzick, Dr. Julie Moldenhauer, Dr. Holly Hedrick, Dr. Mark Johnson and Dr. Nahla Khalek, as well as many dedicated nurses, specialists, patient advocates and others who defy skeptics to perform groundbreaking medicine and who struggle to maintain a balance between their intense work and their lives at home.

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Trailblazer Studios


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