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July 25, 2019 | Magdalena Sanz Cortes, MD, PhD

If your unborn baby is diagnosed with an abnormality, or if you require high-level pregnancy care, a specialized fetal center can significantly improve your pregnancy prognosis. The choice of a fetal center is a personal one, but your decision should be guided by fact-based evidence. Here are six things to consider as you research your options.

1. High-level, integrated prenatal and postnatal care

When choosing a fetal center, you want to look for one that offers the highest level of care with a broad spectrum of disciplines. Multiple...

July 17, 2019 | Texas Children's Pavilion for Women

Eva Johnson and her husband, Philip Quartey, were excited to be expecting their first daughter after having two sons.

In honor of Eva’s late mother, Geraldine Deloris, they decided to name their little girl Blessing Deloris. Geraldine was sure Eva would have a girl of her own one day.

“We named her Blessing because she was our little blessing from my mom,” Eva says.

Both of Eva’s sons were born premature — 35 weeks and 32 weeks respectively — she suspected her daughter would come a bit early as well. Even still, Blessing came even sooner than expected. Eva’s amniotic sac broke on July 23, 2018, when she was only 23 weeks pregnant.

Eva originally...

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...