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April 07, 2020 | William Gibbons, MD

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We are living in an unprecedented time and it’s safe to say the emergence of COVID-19 has resulted in many unforeseen changes. Some of those changes are bringing forth more questions than answers, especially for women who are trying to become pregnant, in the fertility treatment process or thinking about beginning fertility treatments.

This pandemic is difficult for many, and we understand this time can be even more stressful for women who are in the midst of their infertility journeys. It’s important to be gentle with yourself...

March 20, 2020 | Nancy M. Hurst, PhD, RN, IBCLC

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Most people know about the profound benefits of breastfeeding for infants and mothers. As is the case in other natural disasters, the effects of breastfeeding are even more important now during this pandemic. During this period of uncertainty, breastfeeding is very important because it can protect infants from respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses. Along the Gulf Coast, we have experienced disasters when clean water and food supplies are limited. At those times, we are reminded that mothers have the optimal nutrition resource...

March 10, 2020 | Patricia King-Ritter

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Patricia King-Ritter will never forget July 4, 2008 — the day her twin daughters first beat the odds.

About five weeks before that Independence Day, an 18-week ultrasound revealed that King-Ritter’s identical twin girls had twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS), a serious condition that occurs in about 10% to 15% of pregnancies with identical twins that share one placenta.

In TTTS, blood vessel connections within the placenta allow the fetuses to share a...

February 12, 2020 | Cassie Lawrence

Learning your unborn child is sick is difficult for any soon-to-be parent. This was the case for Cassie who, at 22 weeks pregnant, found out her unborn baby boy needed immediate intervention.

"I was at my usual ultrasound when the team discovered something unusual in the image," Cassie said. “They'd found a heart defect during the ultrasound and sent me to another hospital to check what was happening.”

At the research hospital Cassie was sent to, she and her husband received their baby’s diagnosis: hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS)....

January 31, 2020 | By Claire Cook, Health Education Nurse, the Immunization Project

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When parents ask me why their child needs the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, my answer is always “Cancer ... It prevents CANCER. So, let’s give it today.”

While many people who acquire HPV will successfully fight off the virus on their own, those who don’t are at risk for developing HPV-related cancers. In women, HPV can lead to cervical, vaginal and vulvar cancers; in men, penile cancer. In both sexes, HPV can cause anal or head and neck cancers.

Unfortunately, the pervasive...

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