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A Family Centered Care Journey:
One Mother's Evolution from Fetal Surgery,
to Coordinating Care, to Becoming a Health Care Professional

TWICE BORN Stories from the Special Delivery Unit

Join us as we embark on a fascinating journey of strength, courage, and resilience. In 2013, at age 23, Lesly Leiva learned that her unborn child was diagnosed with a life threatening oral tumor. With the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) fetal surgery unit being her only hope, Lesly packed up her life, moving from California to undergo an EXIT procedure at CHOP, in which surgeons operated on Lesly’s baby while still in her womb. “TWICE BORN Stories From the Special Delivery Unit” is an Emmy-winning documentary series for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) about the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment at CHOP. It is there that Lesly’s life was changed forever by the experience of giving birth to a child with special health care needs, an experience that ultimately inspired her to become a health care professional herself.


During this NJLEND Continuing Education session, Monica Lange, Producer/Director and Executive Producer, will present excerpts from her award-winning PBS mini-series featuring Lesly Leiva, as a special guest. Together they will reflect on Lesly’s emotional journey with her daughter Lilly, who is now five, and will discuss the different perspectives of being a caregiver versus being a provider.

Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Time: 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Registration will begin at 9:00 AM. Coffee and tea will be provided.
Location: Rutgers Continuing Education Center at Atrium
300 Atrium Drive, Somerset, NJ 08873

Monica Lange, Emmy Award winning Director of PBS Documentary Series "TWICE BORN," and Lesly Leiva, Parent and Health Care Professional

Continuing Education: Social Work and DDNA Continuing Education recognition is available
Registration: There is no charge for this program but space is limited and registration is required.
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