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December 23, 2020 | Kjersti M. Aagaard, MD, PhD, FACOG

The COVID-19 pandemic has, undoubtedly, changed our lives forever. As a maternal-fetal medicine specialist at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women®, I’ve talked with my patients over the past nine months about what this virus means for themselves, and potentially, their unborn baby, too. We continue to learn more each day, and below are some of the most common questions we’ve received thus far related to the COVID-19 vaccine.

Can those who are pregnant receive the COVID-19 vaccine? 
The decision to receive the COVID-19 vaccine should be made with your provider about not only the vaccines risks and benefits, but your risk of getting moderate or...

December 22, 2020 | Julianne Sabatini

Julianne Sabatini and her husband, Michael, are parents to two daughters, Michaela, 4, and Raffaella, 1, who recently celebrated a birthday on Dec. 18, 2020. For the Sabatini family, celebrating this holiday season will be memorable for them. One year ago – Dec. 24, 2019 – they received the best Christmas gift when they brought their daughter home from Texas Children’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

“It was a time of togetherness for our family of four, and one we will always cherish fondly this time of year,” Julianne said. “From welcoming baby Raffaella into the world a month early, to bringing her home on Christmas Eve, to finally meeting her big sister for...

December 11, 2020 | Racquel Esses

Photo credit to: Courtesy of Tina Imaani

Each year, Racquel Esses and her husband, Isaac, look forward to celebrating Hanukkah. But, this year’s celebration will be especially meaningful to them. It was one year ago -- Dec. 12, 2019, the third night of Hanukkah -- that the couple celebrated a miracle of their own when their baby girl was discharged after spending nearly six months in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women.

“The day our daughter left the NICU was an incredibly special moment for us,” Racquel said. “After all our family had endured, it was our faith and being blessed with an amazing team...

December 04, 2020 |

It’s that special moment expectant parents look forward to – finding out the gender of their baby. For Kimberly Munn and her husband, Jimmy, Oct. 17, 2017 is a day they will never forget.

“At our 20-week ultrasound appointment, we were so excited to find out if we’d be adding another boy or girl to our family,” Kimberly said. “However, the mood in the room suddenly changed when my doctor told us that our baby had Myelomeningocele, the most severe form of spina bifida where the spinal cord doesn’t fuse together properly. Her defect covered half of her back at the lumbar 1 location of the spine.”

While processing this unexpected news, the Munns were told their...

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...