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July 10, 2019 | Karin A. Fox, MD, MEd
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Before I get too deep into this blog, think for just a moment about the last time someone (you or anyone else) mentioned something about your weight. Was it positive? Did it make you feel self-conscious or uncomfortable?

No matter what our size, many of us women (me included) struggle with body image and weight management, all of which can affect our self-esteem.   Messages about how we “should” look are pervasive in fashion magazines, movies, passing comments and jokes. The stigma associated with being (or feeling) overweight or obese makes having any discussion...

July 02, 2019 | Tiffany M. McKee-Garrett, MD
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When a baby is born, parents want nothing more than to love and protect their child. Part of that protection starts right after birth with the administration of a vitamin K injection. Babies are not born with sufficient vitamin K levels and cannot get adequate amounts of vitamin K from breast milk, so this injection, given within the first hour after birth, is crucial because it helps a baby’s blood to clot normally, which prevents vitamin K deficiency bleeding (VKDB) in newborns. 

A CDC report from...

June 28, 2019 | Karin A. Fox, MD, MEd
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Summer is in full swing and it’s hot outside! For some, the ideal summer day is spending time lounging at the pool, but for moms-to-be, the summer heat can sometimes be unbearable and even dangerous.

During my first pregnancy I was in the U.S. Army on active duty at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. As a pregnant soldier doing physical training in the heart of Texas, I can certainly relate to all the moms out there!

I focused on staying hydrated and was careful to know my physical limits when the temperatures soared. Dealing with the concerns of heat stroke was...

June 26, 2019 | Laurie S. Swaim, MD
PHOTO: Texas Children's Pavilion for Women

Over the years it's become quite common for mothers to request an early delivery date. Some moms want to induce labor or schedule their cesarean so they can have their baby early for reasons of convenience or comfort; others want to choose their child’s birth date for sentimental reasons, and some moms want to avoid delivering on certain dates or holidays.

Whatever the motive, the practice of early induction of labor, or early cesarean delivery for non-medical reasons can cause major problems for the baby and even the mother. During recent years, research studies have...

June 12, 2019 |

Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women has been designated a level IV maternal care facility, the highest level of care available. The designation was finalized late last week and followed a rigorous site visit conducted by the EMS/Trauma Systems Office of the Texas Department of State Health Services. A level IV maternal care facility provides comprehensive care for pregnant and postpartum patients, from those with low-risk conditions up to and including the most complex medical, surgical and/or obstetrical conditions that present a high-risk of maternal morbidity or mortality.

“This designation certifies that we offer the highest level of care for the most complex...

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