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April 02, 2019 | Karla M. Bermudez Wagner, MD, Samantha Stover, MS, CGC
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In our country, every 1 in 33 infants – or nearly 120,000 infants each year – will have a birth defect. It’s not completely uncommon; most of us can probably think of a friend or family member we know with some kind of birth defect.

In reality, every pregnancy faces a 3 to 5 percent risk of birth defects.

We obviously can’t prevent every birth defect from developing, but there are many things women can do to help increase their chances of delivering a healthy baby.


February 14, 2019 | Natalie Gaudin, patient and mother of patient

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. I imagine nearly everyone has heard this old saying before. In other words, find the positive in a negative situation. In our case, we’ve been doing our best to “make lemonade” ever since finding out our daughter, Emerson Grace, has spina bifida – a rare birth defect in which the baby’s spine and spinal cord fail to develop properly. It’s a bit ironic that the first sign of spina bifida, noticed by our physician through...

January 31, 2019 | Johnna Kerres, patient and mother of patient
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We just recently received our family pictures, which were taken on Everett’s second birthday. The first picture got me – he’s standing up on the chair with an ornery smile. STANDING – all on his own. He’s perfectly balanced and ready to take on the world!

Most mothers would probably tell their child to sit down and stop standing on the chair in the middle of...

January 02, 2019 | Kristen Webernick, patient
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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,...

December 07, 2018 | Victoria Means, patient and mother of patient
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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...