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March 01, 2021 | Abbie Kamin, Houston City Council Member, representing District C and Chair of the City’s Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee

Photo courtesy of Abbie Kamin

Just reaching nine months and pregnant for the first time, there are all kinds of things I’m nervous about. From whether I’m eating the right food and exercising enough, to whether I have everything I need in my hospital bag, and of course, what labor is going to be like. 

But one of the biggest concerns has been the threat of COVID-19. As pregnant women, we are much more vulnerable if we contract COVID-19. We’re more likely to end up in the intensive care unit and on life support, and there are other adverse outcomes being reported, including possibly pre-term labor. For these reasons, pregnancy is included in the State...

February 23, 2021 | Kelli Parsons

Kelli and Brad Parsons were thrilled when they learned they’d be parents again. They have two children – a 6-year-old daughter and a 2-year-old son – and they couldn’t wait to welcome another child into their family. Just like Kelli’s previous uneventful pregnancies, the couple didn’t expect this pregnancy to be any different.

Kelli and Brad looked forward to their son’s upcoming ultrasound visit so they could see their baby grow and develop. But this visit would be life-changing for them. As the ultrasound technician performed their son’s 23-week anatomy scan, she noticed something wasn’t right. Moments later, Kelli’s obstetrician told the couple they found extra...

January 27, 2021 | Dr. Amir Shamshirsaz, Maternal Fetal Medicine/Critical Care

Courtesy of Emma Saxton

Over the last year, I have learned so much about the novel COVID-19 virus. Undoubtedly, this health pandemic has impacted so much of what we do here at Texas Children’s. As a physician trained in both maternal fetal medicine and critical care at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women®, I provide care to patients with high-risk pregnancies, including those who have become ill due to COVID-19.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), pregnant women have a greater chance of developing severe illness from COVID-19 compared to non-pregnant women. Additionally, pregnant women with COVID-19 may be more likely...

January 21, 2021 | Rebeca Segraves, PT, DPT, WCS, Board Certified Clinical Specialist

For women who have had a cesarean delivery, or C-section, the road to recovery can be challenging. While C-sections can be lifesaving for both the mother and baby, it can take several weeks to fully heal. As a women’s health clinical specialist at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women®, I’ve seen patients struggle with the physical discomfort following a C-section. Whether it’s difficulty walking, sitting up or getting into and out of bed, our inpatient postpartum physical therapy team is there to support new moms along the way.

As the premier destination for women’s health, the Pavilion for Women is among the few Level IV maternal care facilities in the country to...

January 15, 2021 | Cayla Dougherty

When Cayla Dougherty and her husband, DJ, learned they were expecting not one, but two identical twin girls, they were surprised and overjoyed. Like new parents-to-be, they couldn’t wait until their twin girls arrived – but until that day came – the couple enjoyed going to their weekly ultrasound appointments to see their babies grow and develop, and watch their little hearts beat together on the large monitor.

Just like any other routine appointment, Cayla was scheduled for the twins’ 20-week anatomy scan followed by a celebratory baby shower two weeks later with her closest family and friends. But, the couple’s excitement quickly gave way to worry. During the...