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November 17, 2020 | Amanda and Ben Kopp

When Amanda Kopp and her husband, Ben, see the amazing milestones their daughter, Cami, has achieved, it’s hard to imagine that seven years ago, their daughter was born 15 weeks premature. Cami’s fighting spirit and never give up attitude continue to shine through even as a young, ambitious 7-year old.

“Cami loves to challenge herself with new things, even though they might be difficult at first,” Amanda said. “In addition to participating in basketball, our daughter recently started Taekwondo, a Korean martial arts class characterized by challenging moves and forms that she says she’ll one day master after plenty of practice.”

Cami’s incredible journey...

November 13, 2020 | Maegan Camp

Learning your baby has a birth defect is news no family expects to hear. At 19 weeks pregnant during a routine anatomy scan, Maegan Camp and her husband learned their baby’s skull shape was abnormal and were told their unborn child may have spina bifida or another condition. They immediately scheduled an appointment to see a specialist to confirm the diagnosis.

“It was the longest week and a half of my life, waiting to see the specialist,” Maegan said.

When the specialist confirmed that spina bifida was their unborn baby’s diagnosis, they started to explore their options to give their child the best possible quality of life.

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October 28, 2020 | Paul W. Zarutskie, MD

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The COVID-19 pandemic has remained challenging and has resulted in many changes in how we provide care at the Family Fertility Center at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women.

This time can be especially stressful for women who are trying to become pregnant, in the fertility treatment process or thinking about beginning fertility treatments.

The current global situation shouldn’t stop you from pursuing your interest in family building and dream of having a baby. Your security and safety in your infertility journey is our...

September 14, 2020 |

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 Pelvic floor disorders are more common than most people think. Approximately 25% of women in the U.S. report at least one of the symptoms associated with these disorders. Some common pelvic floor disorders include:

  • Pelvic organ prolapse (patients report “something is falling out of my vagina”)
  • Urinary incontinence (patients are unable to make it to the bathroom without leaking or they leak while coughing, laughing, exercising, etc.)
  • Urinary urgency/frequency (patients report “going to the restroom...
August 28, 2020 |

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August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, which highlights the importance of breast milk as a primary source of nutrition for infants. Despite the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendation to provide breast milk exclusively for the first six months of life, only about 24% of infants in Texas are fed only breast milk at this age and just 55% are fed any breast milk at all at 6 months of age.

Breastfeeding rates are even lower among minority groups....