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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.
Thanks to remarkable advances in medicine, our physicians are changing lives by identifying and treating a growing number of conditions before birth. 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. 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).
Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia | Natika's Story
After having an ultrasound at 21 weeks, it was suspected that Natika’s baby had a left side congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH). Her obstetrician referred Natika to the Johns Hopkins Center for Fetal Therapy and after further scans, the diagnosis was confirmed by the team.
Natika and her husband were offered the option of a procedure performed at Hopkins called fetoscopic tracheal occlusion (FETO), where a fetoscope is used to place and inflate a small latex balloon to block the trachea and improve development of the fetal lung.
At 28 weeks, the FETO procedure was performed successfully by the Fetal Therapy team, and at 34 weeks the balloon was removed. At 36 weeks, Natika’s water broke and William was born, with the Johns Hopkins Hospital OB team and the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center NICU team working hand-in-hand to continue care after delivery.
News and Events
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.
To provide the most advanced treatment of fetal disease before birth by incorporating all that modern medicine, education and research have to offer with a compassionate and family-centered approach in an innovative setting.
What Is Fetal Therapy?
Successful prenatal treatment of fetal conditions requires an accurate diagnosis, the skill to identify the most appropriate therapy for the family and the development of an individualized management plan — all the way to delivery and beyond. The Center for Fetal Therapy takes a comprehensive approach to achieve this goal in caring for patients by integrating the full spectrum of clinical and support services.
At 27 weeks, Katie and Greg Kiley’s unborn baby suddenly stopped moving. Doctors at Sibley Memorial Hospital sent them to the Johns Hopkins Center for Fetal Therapy in Baltimore, where specialists are pushing the boundaries of prenatal and in-utero treatments, giving mothers and their at-risk babies the best shot at life.
Continuity of Care
Treatment begins the moment a patient makes an appointment via our dedicated patient line: 410-502-6561 or our 24/7 fetal therapy hotline: 1-844-JH-FETAL (1-844-543-3825). After diagnosis, we create optimal conditions for delivery and prepare a postnatal management plan for mom and baby. Many fetal procedures we perform require short and/or long term follow-up care. As your child grows, you can have confidence in the medical team who has been with you since day one. We offer the most comprehensive and integrative care for your family in one location — The Johns Hopkins Hospital.