Pavilion for Women's Blog

March 26, 2012

Like a breath of fresh air, the doors are now completely open at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women. This grand opening marks a new beginning for Texas Children’s Hospital, mothers, babies and their families. As we begin delivering babies, caring for mothers and offering services for women of all ages, we’re building on the strong foundation provided for so many years by our world-class medical team at Texas Children’s. The Pavilion for Women, led by world-renowned OB/GYN-in-Chief Dr. Michael Belfort, now offers a full continuum of care for mothers and their babies — from pre-conception to post-delivery.

March 20, 2012

It takes a village... If there is one thing I know for certain in the 20+ years I have been a nurse at Texas Children's Hospital, it's that our patients touch our hearts and affect our lives in ways they may never know. I recently met a patient that had a particularly profound effect on me. Last spring, the McPhetridge family was ecstatic when they found out that they were expecting twin girls. The couple's joy soon turned to fear when they learned that both of their babies had identical form of truncus, an extremely rare type of congenital heart disease. The diagnosis is daunting for one child, but to have twins with the same condition was overwhelming.

February 08, 2012

My husband and I were surprised last November when the doctors found a 2nd heartbeat at my 6-week ultrasound. At the time we had an 18-month old little boy so the thought of doing what we did with him twice seemed like an impossibility.


January 19, 2012

As I mentioned in my last post, weight gain and nutrition are commonly encountered concerns in patients with twins. Similar to the weight gain debate, there is no clear-cut answer, nor is there an absolute consensus as to the “ideal amount” micro and macronutrients a woman needs when carrying a twin gestation. Fortunately, there are studies in the works (including some here at Texas Children's Hospital) attempting to better quantify the caloric and nutritional requirements in this population. Recently, the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, through a great summary paper by one of my old mentors[1], put forth recommendations for vitamin and mineral intake in twin pregnancies.