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The Johns Hopkins Center for Fetal Therapy
As a parent, you want to give your child the best possible start in life. You can have confidence in the compassionate and experienced physicians at the Johns Hopkins Center for Fetal Therapy. With experts in fetal, maternal, neonatal and pediatric care, our team specializes in diagnosing and treating rare and complex diseases in the womb.
The center offers fetoscopic laser surgery for complicated monochorionic twins and fetal cystoscopic treatment of bladder obstruction. We are one of the few centers in the U.S. that has successfully managed congenital diaphragmatic hernia with fetoscopic tracheal occlusion and spina bifida with minimally invasive fetoscopic surgery. Led by veteran maternal-fetal medicine specialist Ahmet Baschat, M.D., we personalize care to ensure the best outcomes for expectant mothers and their babies.
If you are facing a diagnosis of a complex fetal condition, please call us at 410-502-6561 to set up an appointment. You can also reach the physician team directly on our 24-hour fetal therapy hotline: 1-844-JH-FETAL (1-844-543-3825).
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Fetoscopic Surgery for Spina Bifida | Keri’s Story
At 21 weeks pregnant, Keri and Scott learned their 3rd child, Harper, had a prenatal defect in her spinal column known as spina bifida. Wanting the best possible outcome for Harper, Keri and Scott elected for fetoscopic surgery to correct the defect in the womb. Learn how the expert teams at the Johns Hopkins Center for Fetal Therapy and the Children’s Center worked together to ensure both mother and daughter’s evolving needs were cared for from fetoscopic surgery through delivery and beyond.
Fetoscopic Treatment for Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) | Natika's Story
Natika’s baby was diagnosed with a left side congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH). The Johns Hopkins Center for Fetal Therapy team performed a life-saving procedure called fetoscopic tracheal occlusion in utero. Watch how the Johns Hopkins Hospital team ushered baby William to health from diagnosis and surgery to birth and after care.
Center for Fetal Therapy News
Minimally Invasive Spina Bifida Surgery has Fewer Maternal Risks
Johns Hopkins maternal-fetal medicine specialists have begun in utero spina bifida surgeries that are minimally invasive to the mother’s uterus. This technique, performed at just three hospitals nationwide, uses a small laparoscopic instrument, known as a fetoscope, to perform the repair and avoids the risks associated with open surgery and improves baby outcomes.
High Risk, High Reward: How These Twins Beat the Odds
GE Healthcare’s The Pulse features Suzie Long, an expectant mother of twins who at 21 weeks pregnant was diagnosed with twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS). Drs. Ahmet Baschat and Jena Miller performed surgery while the twins were in utero (fetoscopic laser) that ultimately made their healthy development and delivery possible.
Preventing and Treating Birth Defects: What You Need to Know
— While some birth defects can be prevented through prenatal care, it's important to know what treatments may exist if your fetus is diagnosed with a birth defect. In this article, the Center for Fetal Therapy team highlights available treatments, as well as the best ways to diagnose birth defects.
Rare Condition Creates Unequal Blood Flow in Triplets, Twins
—The Baltimore Sun interviews Ahmet Baschat, M.D., about his treatment of identical triplets for a rare condition known as twin anemia polycythemia sequence (TAPS).
A Team Approach to Twin Anemia Polycythemia Sequence
—At 26 weeks, the Center for Fetal Therapy team discovered that their patient's identical triplets had TAPS. The team quickly set about to perform fetal laser surgery to correct the unbalanced blood flow between the fetuses.
Future of Medicine
—Johns Hopkins Leader interviews Dr. Baschat about the Center for Fetal Therapy's cutting-edge work in fetal laparoscopic surgery
Center for Fetal Therapy Events
Annual Family Picnic 2017
On June 10th, 2017 the Johns Hopkins Center for Fetal Therapy hosted their Second Annual Family Picnic. Watch as parents of children who received a diagnosis of a fetal anomaly discuss their gratitude for the successful treatment they received from the Center for Fetal Therapy team.
Annual Family Picnic 2016
On June 4, 2016, the Johns Hopkins Center for Fetal Therapy hosted its First Annual Family Picnic. The picnic provided guests with a truly unique opportunity – the families were able to meet others who had gone through similar challenges during their pregnancies and the Center for Fetal Therapy team was able to meet and celebrate the babies they helped save.