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August 28, 2020 |

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August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, which highlights the importance of breast milk as a primary source of nutrition for infants. Despite the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendation to provide breast milk exclusively for the first six months of life, only about 24% of infants in Texas are fed only breast milk at this age and just 55% are fed any breast milk at all at 6 months of age.

Breastfeeding rates are even lower among minority groups....

July 21, 2020 | Jennifer Rossi

Jennifer Rossi was 20 weeks pregnant, brimming with excitement to see her baby girl on the screen during her anatomy scan.

“I was so excited to go to my anatomy scan – all my previous testing had come back clear and all our previous ultrasounds looked good!” said Rossi.

“I was recording a video to send to my boyfriend, Delaney’s father, who was deployed at the time and I remember just a few minutes into the ultrasound, the technician said ‘you may want to stop the video, there is something wrong.’ It was the worst moment of my life. In a fog, I was taken into my doctor’s office and she referred to me to a specialist for immediate further testing,” Rossi...

July 06, 2020 | Karen Louise Horst, MD

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Pregnancy is an exciting time for many women that comes with a rollercoaster of emotions, but pregnancy during a global pandemic carries a host of unexpected challenges. Worry, increased anxiety and stress are normal feelings that many women experience, but the pandemic may further increase these. If you are pregnant and find your stress levels increasing, bring up any concerns to your provider who can connect you with resources to help.

Some anxiety about the potential of getting sick is completely appropriate and can...

June 03, 2020 | Natalia Angulo-Hinkson

Navigating first time motherhood is both an exciting and challenging journey for all new parents, but becoming a first-time mom during a global pandemic comes with many unexpected feelings and some silver linings, too.

“Being isolated for more than eight weeks has been both lonely and incredibly special,” shared first-time mom Natalia Angulo-Hinkson.

This experience certainly hasn’t been what she and her husband expected.

“I envisioned my maternity leave to be a time to get things done and get out and see things, which hasn’t been the case, both because of the pandemic and because as a first-time mom, I clearly didn’t realize what having a newborn...

May 19, 2020 | Emily Herbst

Being pregnant during a global pandemic is something I couldn’t have imagined in my wildest dreams, but here I am. On top of the uncertainty that comes along with a pregnancy during this time, I was also diagnosed with gestational diabetes, which added another level of fear and uncertainty.

We had just celebrated our unborn son at a baby shower with my entire family and friends the week before COVID-19 started to affect businesses and employees were being told to work from home. I was 23 weeks pregnant and went from feeling joyous and excited to the stark contrast of feeling confused and scared. My mind was flooded with questions: What would happen if I got sick?...