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October 29, 2019 | Rachel and Meryl Abbott

We have the privilege of delivering over 5000 babies each year, with each family having a unique, sometimes funny, sometimes quirky, other times eventful backstory. Share your moment is a series where we document the stories of families who have gratefully given us a snapshot into their first tender, real and raw moments of parenthood.

Rachel’s story

“Omg! That’s amazing and they’ll grow up as best friends!” All of our family and friends flipped out when they learned that my sister-in-law, Meryl Hawk, and I were expecting babies within a week of each other, and that we even shared the same OB-GYN at the very same hospital, Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women. “Wow!” Everyone said it sounded like a scene out of a movie, like in Father of the Bride 2, where the mother and daughter go into labor at the same time and share the same delivery room. Only time would tell!

Throughout the frozen yogurt and sweet potato fries cravings of our pregnancies, the joy of giving each other’...

October 18, 2019 |

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This is the second blog in a two-part series about epidurals. In the first blog, I discussed three things every pregnant woman needs to know about epidurals and in this post, I will debunk eight myths about epidurals.

Myth #1-Epidurals cause permanent nerve damage

It is always possible that a nerve can be tweaked during labor and delivery. This is typically related more to how a patient is positioned during the pushing process,...

October 14, 2019 |

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An epidural is the most common form of anesthesia used during labor and delivery. Epidurals provide the best pain relief of all sedation options available for labor, while posing minimal risk to mom and baby. About 60% of women delivering vaginally use an epidural while 95% of women having a cesarean delivery receive epidural or spinal anesthesia. Just like each person is unique, every epidural is different and the outcomes can vary.

What is an epidural?

An epidural is a form of regional anesthesia given through a catheter into the...

October 03, 2019 | Nathan C. Sundgren, MD, PhD, Jennifer M. M. Bump, MD

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For many years, the standard procedure was to immediately clamp the umbilical cord when a baby was delivered. However, over the last decade, researchers are now revealing evidence that supports delayed cord clamping. Research in this area is still growing; and, as of today, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology endorses delayed clamping. There are significant benefits to delayed cord clamping and very little risk. The decision of how long to wait depends largely on the status of your newborn, the discretion of the delivery team and your preference....

September 30, 2019 | Shaine A. Morris, MD, MPH

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What is a fetal arrhythmia and how is it treated?

Fetal arrhythmia refers to an abnormal fetal heartbeat or rhythm. Most arrhythmias are not dangerous, but some are concerning. If your doctor suspects fetal arrythmia, you need to consult a fetal cardiologist immediately. At Texas Children’s Fetal Center, we have treated fetal arrhythmias for decades, and have strategies to manage the various types. With proper intervention, most arrhythmias can be resolved...