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Fetal Hydrops | Hydrops Fetalis

Give your baby the best at the Center for Fetal Therapy

Why choose Johns Hopkins for fetal hydrops (hydrops fetalis)?

Dr. Ahmet Baschat and members of team

You dream of giving your child the best possible start at life. A diagnosis of fetal hydrops can be heartbreaking, but it doesn’t have to change this dream. Fetal hydrops refers to the accumulation of fluid in two or more compartments of your baby's body. Turn to the world-class medical team at the Johns Hopkins Center for Fetal Therapy. Our highly skilled physicians are experts in the field of fetal surgery and have a track record of successfully treating rare and complex conditions before birth.

The Advantage of Fetal Hydrops Treatment at Johns Hopkins

  • Experience: Our director, Dr. Ahmet Baschat, has extensive experience diagnosing and treating fetal hydrops and the underlying conditions that lead to this illness. Our Center for Fetal Therapy is a member of the North American Fetal Therapy Network, an organization of medical centers with the multidisciplinary expertise to handle the complexity and risks associated with fetal sicknesses.
  • Comprehensive care in one location as your child grows: Before birth, we establish a team of maternal, neonatal and pediatric specialists to provide you and your family with long-term follow-up care.
  • Timely turnaround: When you call to schedule an appointment, you will receive a response within one business day.
  • Peace of mind: You can deliver your baby in our spacious, modern birthing center, surrounded by the best in medicine.

What can I expect?

Some babies with fetal hydrops receive treatment before delivery, and some receive treatment after delivery. Because fetal hydrops can be due to a number of reasons, the course of treatment for each fetus needs to be considered individually. The only way to know whether you should undergo a prenatal fetal procedure is to have your case evaluated by an experienced maternal-fetal medicine specialist. You can have confidence in the highly specialized clinical team at the Johns Hopkins Center for Fetal Therapy.

Your evaluation begins with an ultrasound and tests to determine the cause and location of fetal hydrops. Your care team will then develop a personalized treatment and management plan, which will include close monitoring of your health, as well as preparation for neonatal and pediatric care for your child.

Fetal hydrops is frequently linked to fetal infections, genetic conditions, congenital heart complications, problems with fetal lung development and fetal anemia. This is why it is important to receive care at a hospital with comprehensive diagnostic capabilities as well as neonatal and pediatric cardiology units. Our caring clinical teams have experience in special delivery and newborn intervention procedures to ensure your child receives the best start to life.

Who will be on my care team?

When you choose the Johns Hopkins Center for Fetal Therapy, you get a team dedicated to your well-being and the well-being of your baby. Dr. Baschat leads a group of doctors, nurses, sonographers and social workers who go above and beyond for their patients. The compassion and quality care you experience at Johns Hopkins is unparalleled.  

Make an appointment

Our expert fetal care team is ready to help give your child a better start to life.
Call 410-502-6561 today to schedule an appointment.