• Abby, patientAbby, patient (1)
  • Abigail Wilson, patientAbigail Wilson, patient (1)
  • Almarie Rodriguez, patientAlmarie Rodriguez, patient (1)
  • Amanda Kopp, mother of patientAmanda Kopp, mother of patient (1)

    My daughter Cami was born at 25 weeks, 5 days and spent 86 days in the neonatal intensive care unit at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women.

  • Amanda Spears, mother of patientAmanda Spears, mother of patient (1)

    My name is Amanda Spears and I am the mother of Christian, our miracle baby who spent the first 251 days of his life in the NICU at Texas Children's Hospital.

  • Amber Tabora, patientAmber Tabora, patient (1)

    I’m the outnumbered mother of two beautiful boys — one a very feisty 2 ½ year old and the other just over 4 months old. I’m also the chief marketing and public relations officer for Texas Children’s Hospital.

    It’s part of my job to promote Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women — but it also happens to be a personal passion. The recent delivery of my second son, Charlie, at the Pavilion for Women, was absolutely amazing. I experienced firsthand how Texas Children’s delivers on the incredible promise of its brand. And that experience is definitely something I’m proud to share with other women in our community.

  • Amy Krese, mother of patientAmy Krese, mother of patient (1)
  • Andrea Green, patientAndrea Green, patient (2)

    I'm a proud stay-at-home mother of three children in Tomball, Texas. I feel so lucky to be the first mother ever to give birth at the Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women.

    Thanks to the physicians and staff’s early discovery of my vasa previa, a condition involving the placement of the placenta, I was able to deliver a healthy, happy baby boy.

  • Anne Wright, prenatal education program managerAnne Wright, prenatal education program manager (2)

    I am the manager of the prenatal education program at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women I’ve worked in the field of education and development for over 17 years; my true passion is education for families preparing for birth and early parenting.

  • April Slater, mother of patientApril Slater, mother of patient (1)

    I am the mother of a wonderful young boy named Cooper.

    When his father and I found out Cooper had Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS), we found comfort in the treatment of Texas Children's Fetal and Heart Centers. Today, Cooper is a healthy, happy toddler.

  • Ashlee Haefs, mother of patientAshlee Haefs, mother of patient (2)

    After a seemingly normal and routine beginning to my pregnancy, my daughter was born dangerously premature at just 23 weeks gestation.

    Thanks to the specialists at Texas Children's Newborn Center, Madylin beat the odds and is a growing, happy young girl.

  • Audrey Fersten, Pavilion for Women advisory committee memberAudrey Fersten, Pavilion for Women advisory committee member (1)

    Somebody once said you can’t love your 5th child as much as your 1st... that somebody doesn’t have 5 children. As a mom of 5 under 5, including a set of triplets, I know a few things about caring for little people. I also know what it’s like to be a new mom and I’ve never shied away from sharing my thoughts. I thoroughly enjoyed serving on the Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women Advisory Committee and impacting the lives of mothers and babies for generations to come.

    I also had the opportunity to deliver my son, Chase, at the Pavilion for Women, which was by far the best birthing experience I’ve had.

  • Austin Ritenour, mother of patientAustin Ritenour, mother of patient (1)
  • Barbara Levy, registered nurseBarbara Levy, registered nurse (1)

    I am a registered nurse at Texas Children's Pavilion for Women. I work on the Neonatal Response team. This is special work and it takes special people to do it. I am so honored to be a part of this highly specialized team.

  • Bevin Downs, patientBevin Downs, patient (2)
  • Bonnie Bartman, education and development specialistBonnie Bartman, education and development specialist (1)

    I am an education and development specialist at Texas Children’s Hospital. I became a registered nurse in 1971. I have been a Lamaze-certified childbirth educator and breastfeeding educator for over 30 years and a certified lactation consultant since 1997.

    For 23 years, I developed and implemented a program of classes for new parents in Hawaii, working with families from the third month of pregnancy to the third year of life. Today, I create education programs for families here at Texas Children's Pavilion for Women.

  • Brian Brantley, father of patientsBrian Brantley, father of patients (1)

    Brian and Samantha Brantley are thrilled to be this year's
    Texas Children’s Bad Pants Open patient family to express their gratitude to everyone at Texas Children’s Hospital who gave them the gift of healthy, thriving toddlers. To learn more about the Bad Pants Open, please visit

  • Brooke Schmitt, patientBrooke Schmitt, patient (1)

    My husband Daniel and I struggled almost two years to start a family and infertility issues got in the way. After some tests, my doctor recommended I consult with a fertility specialist.

  • Carmen Watrin, Fetal Center NurseCarmen Watrin, Fetal Center Nurse (1)

    I have worked at Texas Children's Hospital for 21 years.

    Over the past 16 years, my primary work has been with congenital heart patients in the Texas Children's Fetal Center and Heart Center.

  • Cary Caster, LMT, CCA, guest education instructorCary Caster, LMT, CCA, guest education instructor (1)

    I am a clinical aromatherapist and the founder of 21 Drops, a modern line of therapeutic quality essential oils to counteract the effects of our thoroughly busy lives. I have a Bachelor of Science in Botany from the University of Florida. I studied Aromatherapy in the UK and I currently serve on the board of the Alliance of International Aromatherapists.

  • Catie Tuley, Marketing Coordinator Ronald McDonald HouseCatie Tuley, Marketing Coordinator Ronald McDonald House (1)

    I am the Marketing Coordinator for Ronald McDonald House Houston. I joined this great organization after graduating from TCU (Go Frogs!). It is a joy to share the stories of these amazingly strong children and families and help continue to make this House a home away from home.

  • Chad Stevens, Father of PatientChad Stevens, Father of Patient (1)

    I am the proud father of 2, Ben, age 11 months, and Olivia, age 4 years. Olivia spent her first 57 days in the NICU at Texas Children’s Hospital.

  • Clare Davis, Patient and Mother of PatientClare Davis, Patient and Mother of Patient (1)

    I am the happy mother of three wonderful children.

    My third son, Kellen, was diagnosed with spina bifida before he was born and underwent successful treatment and surgery at Texas Children's Fetal Center.

  • Cris Daskevich, senior vice presidentCris Daskevich, senior vice president (1)

    I am the senior vice president of Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women. I had the privilege of serving on the leadership team for Texas Children’s expansion into obstetrical and gynecological services, including the opening of the Pavilion for Women. I now continue to serve on the leadership team that oversees the administrative functions of our women’s hospital.

    In fulfilling our vision to be one of the nation’s premier facilities for women’s, fetal and newborn health, I work closely with our physicians and staff to ensure that we are making major investments in patient care, education and research and recruiting the best and the brightest experts.

  • Danielle Forget Shield, Patient Education InstructorDanielle Forget Shield, Patient Education Instructor (1)

    I am the mother of three young children and I have struggled with my own work-life balance through a variety of unexpected parenting challenges, including a troubled pregnancy. I am also the president and co-founder of 825 Basics, a professional speaker and a published author.

    It is my goal to use the challenges I have faced to show others how to maintain a sense of self while undergoing the trials of parenthood and of life.

  • Darius Bradley, Father of PatientDarius Bradley, Father of Patient (1)

    I am a father to three amazing children, Darius Jr 16, Deonc 7 and Daniel 3. My wife, Desiree Bradley, and I spent 7 months in the NICU with our daughter, Deonc, who was born with a rare genetic condition, Jarcho Levin Syndrome. My passion for advocacy and support was ignited during our stay in the NICU and is still ongoing today.

  • David Perkins, Father of SextupletsDavid Perkins, Father of Sextuplets (1)

    On April 13, 2012 I became a father for the first time... to sextuplets.

    My wife, Lauren, and I are overjoyed to have six new babies in our lives and are grateful for all of the guidance we've received at Texas Children's Pavilion for Women.

  • Debora Ybarra, Nurse Coordinator - Fetal CenterDebora Ybarra, Nurse Coordinator - Fetal Center (1)

    I have worked at Texas Children’s Hospital since 1995, caring for critically ill children and their families.

    As a member of the Kangaroo Crew, I witnessed first-hand the miracles that happen at this hospital.

  • Dr. Alireza A. Shamshirsaz, maternal-fetal medicineDr. Alireza A. Shamshirsaz, maternal-fetal medicine (1)

    I serve as an attending physician both in the Fetal Intervention Team and Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. I see patients primarily at the Fetal Center at the Pavilion for Women. I care for women and fetuses with a variety of medical conditions complicating pregnancy and performs various feto-maternal interventions including fetal surgeries.

  • Dr. Amy Hair, neonatologistDr. Amy Hair, neonatologist (2)

    I am a neonatologist at Texas Children’s Hospital. My research interests include neonatal nutrition, growth, and human milk.

One Response to Contributors

  1. caroline thompsn says:

    I’m glad we have TCH because when i was only 11 i found out that I had type 1 diebetes.

    I LOVE TCH:)

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