- Amanda 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 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, 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.
- Andrea Green, patient (1)
I'm a proud stay-at-home mother of two children, Ainsley and Brayten, 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 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 patient (1)
- Ashlee 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 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.
- Barbara 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.
- Bonnie 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 patients (1)
- Carmen Watrin, Fetal Center Nurse (1)
- Cary 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 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 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 Patient (1)
- Cris 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 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 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 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 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. Amy Hair, neonatologist (2)
I am a neonatologist at Texas Children’s Hospital. My research interests include neonatal nutrition, growth, and human milk.
- Dr. Amy Mehollin-Ray, pediatric radiologist (1)
I am a Pediatric Radiologist, a physician who performs and interprets a variety of imaging examinations in children at Texas Children’s Hospital. My areas of specialization include Fetal and Neonatal Imaging. Having two young children of my own, I am very sensitive to the emotions and concerns of parents caring for sick children, or faced with an unsettling fetal diagnosis. I am also the Program Director for our Pediatric Radiology Fellowship Program.
- Dr. Amy Schutt, reproductive endocrinology and infertility (2)
I work in the Family Fertility Center at Texas Children's Pavilion for Women. I look forward to calling my patients with positive pregnancy tests, to celebrating pregnancy ultrasounds and to receiving birth announcements.
- Dr. Anuja Vyas, OB/GYN (1)
I have a particular interest in the diagnosis and treatment of women with vulvovaginal disorders including problems such as vulvodynia, dyspareunia, vaginismus and linchenoid disorders.
- Dr. Beth Davis, obstetrician/gynecologist (2)
I believe in providing individualized care to women throughout their lifetime. My clinical interests include general obstetrics and gynecology, contraception counseling and family planning, menstrual disorders and minimally invasive surgery.
- Dr. Caraciolo Fernandes, medical director of neonatal transport (1)
I am the Medical Director for Neonatal Transport at Texas Children’s Hospital.
- Dr. Carol Baker, infectious disease specialist (2)
I am the the executive director of the Center for Vaccine Awareness and Research at Texas Children’s Hospital and a professor of pediatrics, molecular virology and microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine.
- Dr. Celestine Tung, Gynecologic Oncologist (1)
I am a gynecologic oncologist with Baylor OB/GYN at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women. I am also an assistant professor in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine.
My clinical interests include cancer prevention in women's health as well as cancer survivorship and health outcomes research. My goal is to provide the best care available to women diagnosed with gynecologic malignance and ensure that they receive compassion treatment during this delicate phase in their lives.
- Dr. Charles D. Fraser, Jr., surgeon-in-chief (1)
I am the surgeon-in-chief, chief of Congenital Heart Surgery, and cardiac surgeon-in-charge at Texas Children’s Hospital.
I came to Texas Children’s Hospital in July of 1995 to establish a dedicated congenital heart surgery program. I've served as the chief of the Congenital Heart Surgery Service since that time.
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Pavilion for Women's Blog provides important perspective on women's health from the same voices that care for our patients at Texas Children's Pavilion for Women.
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