Dr. Bahtiyar YNHCH Fetal Care Center

Fetal Care Center

Yale New Haven Children's Hospital Fetal Care Center brings together top experts to create a complete care plan for pregnant women whose obstetrician has detected a problem in their developing baby. With the use of advanced diagnostics testing and treatment options, this unique program has ensured successful births for thousands of babies with special needs.

Through our center, an expert team of maternal-fetal medicine specialists, neonatologists, pediatric surgeons, radiologists, geneticists and other surgical specialists work together to offer a variety of services. These services include genetic counseling, advanced diagnostic imaging, as well as complex pre- and postnatal procedures and surgeries.

YNHCH’s Fetal Care Center is leading the way in complex in-utero surgery and is proud to be the first in Connecticut and the region, to perform utero myelomenigocele repair. Myelomeningocele is a condition where the baby’s backbone and spinal canal do not close before birth. The condition, a type of spina bifida is a congenital defect of the spine and spinal cord. The surgery is performed before the baby is born (prior to 26 weeks gestation) as this provides the best outcomes.

Why choose us

  • For more than 40 years, we have provided world-class fetal therapy services
  • YNHH is proud to have pioneered the nation’s first Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
  • We are one of only a few hospitals in the country to offer couplet care, where mothers and their babies are cared for together in the same room.
  • Many procedures available to women with high-risk pregnancies were first developed by our partners at Yale School of Medicine’s department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences including noninvasive fetal anemia assessment, percutaneous umbilical blood sampling (PUBS), in utero fetal blood transfusion and therapies such as fetoscopy and fetal surgery.
  • Our physicians are leading researchers in the field of fetal medicine.

A coordinator to help you navigate

A nurse coordinator will be there for you from the time your physician refers you to us until you deliver your baby, and often beyond. Our coordinator will guide you through testing, meeting with specialists, scheduling appointments, and creating a care plan that works best for you and your family. A support group is also available led by our care coordinator and our social worker. 


Among the conditions we treat are:

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  • Abnormal sexual differentiation
  • Airway lesions
  • Bronchopulmonary sequestration
  • Cleft lip/palate
  • Clubbed feet
  • Congenital cystic adenomatoid malformations
  • Congenital diaphragmatic hernia
  • Congenital heart defects
  • Conjoined twins
  • Fetal anemias
  • Fetal arrhythmias
  • Fetal obstructive uropathy (posterior urethral valve)
  • Gastroschisis
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Hydronephrosis
  • Hydrops fetalis
  • Myelomeningocele/spina bifida
  • Polyhydramnios
  • Intra-abdominal masses
  • Intracranial abnormalities
  • Omphalocele
  • Renal conditions
  • Sacrococcygeal teratoma
  • Selective fetal growth restriction
  • Twin reversed arterial perfusion sequence
  • Twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome
  • Twin Anemia polycythemia sequence
  • Advanced testing, personalized treatment

    Our team has the experience and expertise to handle a wide range of conditions. Our advanced prenatal diagnostic testing, imaging and treatment options include:

    • First trimester screening
    • Amniocentesis
    • Chorionic villus sampling
    • Comparative genomic hybridization
    • Fluorescent in-situ hybridization
    • Karyotype analysis (chromosomal analysis

    View the full list of treatments

  • First trimester screening
  • Amniocentesis
  • Chorionic villus sampling
  • Comparative genomic hybridization
  • Fluorescent in-situ hybridization
  • Karyotype analysis (chromosomal analysis)
  • Maternal plasma cell-free fetal DNA testing
  • Ultrasound
  • Level II Scans
  • Echocardiography
  • 3D & 4D imaging
  • Fetal MRI
  • Fetoscopic laser photocoagulation for twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome
  • Fetal shunt placement
  • Percutaneous umbilical blood sampling and in-utero fetal blood transfusion
  • In-utero partial exchange transfusion for twin anemia polycythemia sequence
  • Selective fetal reduction
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Abdominal and vaginal cerclage
  • Fetal radiation administration
  • Immunotherapy
  • Our multidisciplinary approach

    Pediatric specialists from multiple clinical areas collaborate to ensure you receive the skills and knowledge of expert physicians in fetal and neonatal care disciplines, including:

    • Anesthesiology
    • Cardiology
    • Ear, nose & throat
    • General and thoracic surgery
    • Genetics
    • Maternal-fetal medicine
         (high-risk obstetrics)
    • Neonatology
    • Neurology
    • Neurosurgery
    • Orthopedics
    • Plastic surgery
    • Radiology
    • Urology

    More Information

    • Giving babies hope: Center for complex fetal care opens at Yale —Yale News

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