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January 15, 2021 | Cayla Dougherty

When Cayla Dougherty and her husband, DJ, learned they were expecting not one, but two identical twin girls, they were surprised and overjoyed. Like new parents-to-be, they couldn’t wait until their twin girls arrived – but until that day came – the couple enjoyed going to their weekly ultrasound appointments to see their babies grow and develop, and watch their little hearts beat together on the large monitor.

Just like any other routine appointment, Cayla was scheduled for the twins’ 20-week anatomy scan followed by a celebratory baby shower two weeks later with her closest family and friends. But, the couple’s excitement quickly gave way to worry. During the...

January 04, 2021 | Rosie Moore, Blog Editor

Since taking the helm as OB/GYN-In-Chief in Jan. 2011, Dr. Michael Belfort has built a reputation for Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women as a world leader in obstetrics, gynecology and fetal intervention. As Dr. Belfort marks his 10-year milestone at Texas Children’s, he reflects on some of his team’s notable accomplishments over the last decade and shares his vision for the future.

What inspired you to pursue a career in medicine, particularly in obstetrics and gynecology?

My father was a family doctor, and from my earliest days, I only wanted to be a doctor. There was no second choice in my mind. I specifically chose...

December 23, 2020 | Kjersti M. Aagaard, MD, PhD, FACOG

The COVID-19 pandemic has, undoubtedly, changed our lives forever. As a maternal-fetal medicine specialist at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women®, I’ve talked with my patients over the past nine months about what this virus means for themselves, and potentially, their unborn baby, too. We continue to learn more each day, and below are some of the most common questions we’ve received thus far related to the COVID-19 vaccine.

Can those who are pregnant receive the COVID-19 vaccine? 
The decision to receive the COVID-19 vaccine should be made with your provider about not only the vaccines risks and benefits, but your risk of getting moderate or...

December 22, 2020 | Julianne Sabatini

Julianne Sabatini and her husband, Michael, are parents to two daughters, Michaela, 4, and Raffaella, 1, who recently celebrated a birthday on Dec. 18, 2020. For the Sabatini family, celebrating this holiday season will be memorable for them. One year ago – Dec. 24, 2019 – they received the best Christmas gift when they brought their daughter home from Texas Children’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

“It was a time of togetherness for our family of four, and one we will always cherish fondly this time of year,” Julianne said. “From welcoming baby Raffaella into the world a month early, to bringing her home on Christmas Eve, to finally meeting her big sister for...

December 11, 2020 | Racquel Esses

Photo credit to: Courtesy of Tina Imaani

Each year, Racquel Esses and her husband, Isaac, look forward to celebrating Hanukkah. But, this year’s celebration will be especially meaningful to them. It was one year ago -- Dec. 12, 2019, the third night of Hanukkah -- that the couple celebrated a miracle of their own when their baby girl was discharged after spending nearly six months in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women.

“The day our daughter left the NICU was an incredibly special moment for us,” Racquel said. “After all our family had endured, it was our faith and being blessed with an amazing team...

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