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Life After TTTS: Delivery and Beyond

Closing the book on TTTS

See how we care for children with twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) before and after birth from a family who's been through it.

Our experienced family shares how they overcame the final hurdles in their TTTS journey: delivery and a hospital stay in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Living life post-TTTS, they have plenty of advice to help our new family as they wait until their twins are mature enough for delivery.

Fetal Care Center FAQs

The TTTS journey is not an easy one. You may feel anxious before your surgery date and throughout the weeks that follow.

In the face of so much uncertainty, our Colorado Fetal Care Center is something you can count on. Our coordinators and maternal fetal medicine specialists - who are experts at caring for high-risk mothers like you - are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer your questions and provide the immediate attention and intervention you may need.

In the meantime, here you can find answers to your questions on fetal medicine, recovery times, what to expect with fetal interventions and what happens next.

Answer your questions

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Caring for TTTS twins from diapers through diplomas

Just like you, we're here to care for your twins for as long as they need us. Far after your follow-up appointment, our fetal experts offer support and expertise.

Sometimes, this means ensuring you can continue your pregnancy and deliver your babies with your primary OB-GYN or MFM.

And other times, it's delivering your twins in our specially designed labor and delivery unit, with any pediatric subspecialist who may be necessary for their care immediately after delivery.

But infants' needs don't end at delivery. Should your babies need additional care after birth, we'll make the transition as seamless as possible to our Level IV NICU or CICU, specialty care and then home.

This is our continuum of care

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1. Prenatal care

We provide comprehensive, world-class testing, diagnosis, treatment and care for unborn babies and moms-to-be.

  • Maternal fetal medicine
    Specialized treatment and delivery for mothers and babies of high-risk pregnancies
  • Fetal care
    The most innovative fetal therapies available to treat virtually any fetal condition
  • Fetal cardiology
    Advanced training and diagnostic resources to detect heart defects as early as 14 weeks' gestation
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2. Neonatal care

We make the transition to our Level IV NICU or CICU as seamless as possible, and support families every step of the way.

  • Level IV NICU
    Specially designed for the complex needs of high-risk newborns and their families, our top-ranked NICU is just steps away from delivery and recovery rooms
  • CICU
    The only pediatric CICU in the region providing specialized cardiac care for acutely ill heart patients and those recovering from heart surgery
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3. Beyond delivery

With a focus on each child's long-term quality of life, our care model integrates us fully with some of the best care available – and it's right here at Children's Colorado.

  • Pediatric care
    As babies grow, any ongoing treatment and care is transitioned to top-ranked programs and specialists
  • Subspecialty expertise
    World-class subspecialty expertise across over 60 pediatric specialties readily available and accessible

The NICU at Children's Colorado

After everything a fetal condition like TTTS puts families through – the anxiety, the waiting, the tests and procedures – it only makes sense that they want to bring their babies home.

But before that can happen, premature TTTS twins will usually have to stay in the NICU so they can grow.

Not only is our level four NICU ranked one of the best in the nation, but it's also specially designed for the specific needs of high-risk newborns and their families.

Watch below to see what to expect in the NICU.

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Meet more patients

Your journey is unique, but you're not alone. Moms across the country come to us for the diagnosis and treatment of their babies' TTTS.

Read their success stories
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Advanced fetal treatment resources

Our Colorado Fetal Care Center cares for moms and babies with the most complex fetal conditions.

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Ari talks about his experience.

"There's nothing like watching twins grow up."

Ari, Mila and Ciela's dad


Partnership with the University of Colorado School of Medicine

Children's Hospital Colorado partners with the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where many of our physicians and care providers serve as faculty.