PBS readies three-parter on fetal surgery center

The fetal surgery center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is the focus of a three-part docuseries on U.S. pubcaster PBS. (Pictured: Twice Born)
February 27, 2015

The fetal surgery center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is the focus of a three-part docuseries on U.S. pubcaster PBS.

Produced by Trailblazer Studios and filmed over a 14-month period, Twice Born: Stories from the Special Delivery Unit provides exclusive access to the hospital’s Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment and its Special Delivery Unit, detailing the cutting-edge procedures enabling doctors to operate on fetuses.

The docuseries follows several American families as they first learn about their unborn children’s medical challenges and assess the options for prenatal surgery. Viewers are also introduced to the hospital’s staff as they navigate surgical team meetings, patient consultations, operating room dramas and their own personal lives.

Twice Born was developed and created by Monica Lange and Bonnie Cutler-Shear, with Lange serving as producer-director and Cutler-Shear working as co-producer and editor.

“PBS is breaking ground again with Twice Born,” said Bill Gardner, VP of programming
and development for PBS, in a statement.

“Viewers will be drawn into a never-before-seen, life-and-death world of high-stakes decision-making and cutting-edge medicine,”  he continued. “But it’s the people on both sides of the story – the patients and the CHOP staff – who make truly memorable storytelling.”

The series is to debut on PBS on March 31. PBS Distribution will release Twice Born on DVD on April 28.

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