When a routine ultrasound during Akosua’s pregnancy showed her baby had spina bifida, she decided the diagnosis would not define her baby. After careful research, Akosua chose Orlando Health to perform the first in utero spina bifida surgery in the state of Florida. Find out how Orlando Health changed baby Celeste and her family’s life.
We had exceptional care at Orlando Health Winnie Palmer. It was a whole team effort, between the doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists—it’s like an orchestra in the NICU.
When Cherisse and her husband, Dustin, were given the opportunity to create a personalized birth plan after touring Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies, they were surprised to learn they could customize their delivery experience. It ended up being a special way to make the birth of their baby boy even more unique and memorable.
When my unborn baby was diagnosed with spina bifida, I was scared. After learning she was a candidate for in utero surgery, it didn’t take long to decide to go ahead with the procedure. Although Ava was born 10 weeks early, she was breathing on her own and wiggling her toes. The team at the Fetal Care Center took great care of me and my daughter. I am so thankful I was able to find such great care close to home.
My husband and I were so excited when I became pregnant with our first child. Then at 16 weeks, my AFP test results indicated a possible neural tube defect. Further tests showed that my baby daughter, Mia, had spina bifida. Doctors at the Fetal Care Center offered me the option of in utero surgery for better outcomes for my baby. I’ll never grow tired of thanking them for what they did. I look at Mia and she is perfect, and it’s because of them.
Thanks to Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies commitment to comfort for patients and families, Gina and Chris were able to make the birth of their two sons even more unforgettable.
Early on, Hilary knew there were complications with her pregnancy. “One day, about six weeks from my due date, I came in for my routine sonogram, but something wasn’t right. The doctor came in and said we would need to be admitted to the hospital right away.” Learn more about Hilary and Landis’ story, and how Orlando Health changed both of their lives.
Everything seemed right on track when I was pregnant with my second child. Then during week 23, everything changed with an ultrasound scan. When the team at the Fetal Care Center suggested fetal surgery as an option to treat spina bifida — explaining both the benefits and risks — I said yes, that’s what I need to do. I’ve never had such great care as I did at the Fetal Care Center. Today, Parker is just like any other baby his age in so many ways.