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“First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then comes baby in the baby carriage!” Realistically, this isn’t how life plays out for every couple.
I fell in love with my husband, Zack, in the fall of 2011. We were engaged in February 2015 and then married in April 2016. We initially planned for a honeymoon baby, since we were already together for five years at the time. We were also both 28 years old and ready to start our family.
We started trying to conceive in May 2016 and ended up pregnant a few months later in September. However, I unexpectedly lost my mother to a tragic,...
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I was nervous. I ran through a list of questions to ask the doctor as my husband, Sam, and I waited for her to come in and review our 20-week anatomy scan with us. After the scan, we would head upstairs for our monthly prenatal visit with the midwives from the Women’s Specialists of Houston. When the doctor arrived, she greeted us and started the conversation by telling us some things every parent wants to hear.
“Four chambers of the heart … organs are developing at an appropriate gestational rate … the placenta isn’t covering the cervix.”
“The only thing concerning me,” she started. My...
If you suffer from chronic pelvic pain, avoid jumping to conclusions on what’s causing it. In many cases, women experiencing this pain are presumptively diagnosed with endometriosis, a disorder in which the tissue normally lining the uterus grows outside of it, typically to the ovaries, fallopian tubes and intestines.
However, endometriosis can only be definitely diagnosed with a surgical biopsy, and many other conditions present symptoms similar to those of endometriosis. It’s also not unusual for...
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The Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) Center located in the Pavilion for Women is the main hub of care for the high-risk obstetrical patient at Texas Children’s Hospital.
Our facility is designed to optimally provide care for pregnant women needing access to a high-risk MFM specialist and their other subspecialty partners needed to co-manage such pregnancies.
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Each referral is screened on an individual basis, and care planning and scheduling is customized to meet the requests of the referring provider and your specific needs....
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When I used to daydream about giving birth, I would envision an all-natural delivery with dim lights and soothing music, where the midwife would immediately place the baby on my chest so I could breastfeed right away. The reality ended up involving a terrifying C-section, having my baby whisked away, not holding her for 10 days and pumping around the clock. Nothing went as planned, but it was a beautiful miracle in its own way.
My pregnancy was uneventful up until the 29-week mark. Our baby looked perfect during our 20-week anatomy scan, but was positioned in a way that prevented the doctors at...