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September 04, 2018 | Sara Long, patient and mother of patients
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In order to fully understand the extent of my twin story, you’ll need me to start with some of Joshua’s story. I was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) several years ago, but I was able to conceive Joshua through in-vitro fertilization (IVF) at UTMB. During my pregnancy, I had hyperemesis gravidarum (a severe form of nausea/vomiting) and complete placenta previa. The latter cleared up on its own right before Joshua was born, but the stress from these complications, alongside IVF as a whole, left me not wanting to pursue it again for more children. We left frozen embryos from our IVF cycle,...

August 29, 2018 | Beth R. Davis, MD
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Many are shocked to learn how common miscarriages are, especially the ones that occur early in the first trimester of pregnancy. In fact, 10 to 15 percent of all clinically-recognized pregnancies will end in some type of miscarriage, and the majority of those miscarriages are considered early.

This can be a deeply upsetting and heartbreaking event for women and their families, making miscarriage a tough topic to tackle. Miscarriages can occur for many different reasons, most of which are uncontrollable, at different times of a pregnancy. Two...

August 21, 2018 | Melissa Cunnyngham, LMSW
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We always worry about our children. We wish for them to be happy, healthy and safe – no matter how old they are.

At Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, we’re also concerned about your safety, alongside the safety of your newborn and visitors. Before you deliver, here’s some important information to consider as you prepare for your stay with us.

We understand family members and friends want to share in your joy and be among the first to meet your new baby. Your family and friends are welcome to visit, but all adults over the age...

August 14, 2018 | Joshua Aaron Kailin, MD
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In order to understand a fetal echocardiogram, it’s critical to start with what it’s used to detect. In the United States, congenital heart disease (CHD) is the most common type of birth defect, impacting nearly 1 percent of (or about 40,000) births every year.

The most common type of CHD is a ventricular septal defect (VSD). Close to 25 percent of infants with CHD have a critical defect, and these infants typically require surgery or some other kind of intervention in their first year of life.

A fetal...

August 09, 2018 | Christopher Graves, father of patient
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Military life definitely has its ups and downs. I’ve been through many of these with my wife, Riki, while active in the Texas Army National Guard. Raising one child at home, our son, was a fairly simple task. Ben was born without an issue, but our second child, Juliana, was a very different story.

During Riki’s second pregnancy, I was working out of Brownwood and commuting 330 miles to and from Corpus Christi. Riki was diagnosed with breast cancer at the beginning of her pregnancy, and she soon began receiving treatment in Houston. During our local 20-week ultrasound appointment,...

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