A Dad's Story: Starting A Family With The Help Of The Pavilion For Women
It was about 2 a.m. on the morning of April 30, 2012 when the emotion of becoming a father hit me. I was standing next to Dr. George Mandy, the attending Neonatologist at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Dr. Mandy said, “You are truly blessed.” Over 2 months later, I am only beginning to realize how correct he was. At 1:37 a.m. and 1:39 a.m. that morning, my daughter, Campbell, and son, Davis, were born via an unplanned caesarian section at the Pavilion for Women. My wife, Amy, was a little over 32 weeks pregnant. After a difficult struggle with gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia, a high blood pressure condition during pregnancy that can lead to serious complications, Dr. Sean Rosenbaum delivered Campbell and Davis, as continuing the pregnancy was too dangerous for Amy and the twins. Our journey to becoming parents started in March of 2009, when Amy and I first visited Dr. William Gibbons, director of the Family Fertility Program at Texas Children’s Hospital. Like many couples, Amy and I had been trying to start a family for some time, without success. During our visits to see Dr. William Gibbons, Amy and I watched as Texas Children’s built its Pavilion for Women. When we learned that we were expecting twins, Amy and I both looked forward to being one of the early families fortunate enough to have our kids born at this state-of-the-art facility. As Amy’s pregnancy approached the end of its second trimester, the gestational diabetes developed and shortly thereafter, her blood pressure became elevated. As a husband and future dad, I felt helpless. I was very concerned about my wife and children. However, this was also the point that I started to understand what the Pavilion was built to do – provide women, mothers and babies with a full range of high-quality, expert health care. As a nervous husband and future dad, that meant I did not need to worry about the quality of care that Amy or the babies received at any stage in this process because the team assembled at the Pavilion for Women is simply the best. Campbell and Davis will be 10 weeks old in a few days. They spent their first 3 weeks of life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Pavilion. During their time in the NICU, Campbell and Davis received exceptional care. When issues developed, specialists were available to assess and treat them as needed. When Amy and I needed support, the nurses and doctors were always there to help. As most new parents will agree, becoming a parent for the first time is a really special feeling. The difference for our family is that at virtually every step along the way, from conception to birth, there were challenges. Had it not been for the skill and experience of the team assembled at the Pavilion for Women, I do not know that I would even be a dad, let alone a dad of 2 healthy babies and a beautiful wife. For that I am grateful.