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October 18, 2019 | Helen A. Dunnington, MD

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This is the second blog in a two-part series about epidurals. In the first blog, I discussed three things every pregnant woman needs to know about epidurals and in this post, I will debunk eight myths about epidurals.

Myth #1-Epidurals cause permanent nerve damage

It is always possible that a nerve can be tweaked during labor and delivery. This is typically related more to how a patient is positioned during the pushing process,...

October 14, 2019 | Helen A. Dunnington, MD

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An epidural is the most common form of anesthesia used during labor and delivery. Epidurals provide the best pain relief of all sedation options available for labor, while posing minimal risk to mom and baby. About 60% of women delivering vaginally use an epidural while 95% of women having a cesarean delivery receive epidural or spinal anesthesia. Just like each person is unique, every epidural is different and the outcomes can vary.

What is an epidural?

An epidural is a form of regional anesthesia given through a catheter into the...

October 03, 2019 | Nathan C. Sundgren, MD, PhD, Jennifer M. M. Bump, MD

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For many years, the standard procedure was to immediately clamp the umbilical cord when a baby was delivered. However, over the last decade, researchers are now revealing evidence that supports delayed cord clamping. Research in this area is still growing; and, as of today, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology endorses delayed clamping. There are significant benefits to delayed cord clamping and very little risk. The decision of how long to wait depends largely on the status of your newborn, the discretion of the delivery team and your preference....

September 30, 2019 | Shaine A. Morris, MD

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What is a fetal arrhythmia and how is it treated?

Fetal arrhythmia refers to an abnormal fetal heartbeat or rhythm. Most arrhythmias are not dangerous, but some are concerning. If your doctor suspects fetal arrythmia, you need to consult a fetal cardiologist immediately. At Texas Children’s Fetal Center, we have treated fetal arrhythmias for decades, and have strategies to manage the various types. With proper intervention, most arrhythmias can be resolved...

September 05, 2019 | Aleisha Christensen, paitient's mom
Photo: Kai Christensen, Coutesy of Aleisha Christensen

Meet Kai Christensen, a 4-year-old fighter who overcame bleak chances of survival long before he was born. Kai means unbreakable and this little boy, although only 4 years old, is already living up to his name.  

Kai's parents, Aleisha and Rory Christensen, had a strong feeling they were having a boy, but during their anatomy scan ultrasound, the tech announced they were having a girl. Another look at the ultrasound from a different angle changed the whole story, it was indeed a boy, but there was something else too. 

"The ultrasound technician asked if we could stay in the room while the...

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