Preparing for multiples

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Surprise! You’ve found out you’re not just having one … you’re expecting two or three or more! While discovering you’re carrying multiples can be incredibly exciting, we understand it can feel a bit overwhelming too. But, every family is different. Full Entry »

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Thankful to be a survivor

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When I was about 26 weeks pregnant with my fourth boy, I went into my OB/GYN’s office for an ultrasound due to a bleed. I had previously been diagnosed with a complete previa. During this ultrasound, they discovered I also potentially had accreta. Placenta accreta is a pregnancy condition that occurs when blood vessels and other parts of the placenta grow too deeply into the uterine wall. An MRI a few days later confirmed accreta. I had NO idea what that was or the journey I was about to embark on. Full Entry »

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The Newborn Center: Looking back


In the summer of 1974, Texas Children’s Hospital was a small subsidiary of St. Luke’s/Texas Heart Institute – home of Dr. Denton Cooley’s renowned cardiovascular surgery program. However, a pediatric giant was about to stir. Specialists in the (then) small Baylor Department of Pediatrics were exploring new frontiers in the care of infants and children. The growth of pediatric cardiac services under Dr. Dan McNamara, in conjunction with the surgical expertise of Dr. Cooley, produced a new program in Houston offering diagnosis and treatment of severe congenital cardiac malformations. At this same time, Drs. Arnold J. Rudolph and Murdina Desmond, Baylor faculty members and research pioneers in newborn physiology, relocated their activities to Texas Children’s.    Full Entry »

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Turning grief into an opportunity to help others


Our lives were forever changed when our twin girls were born at 27 weeks on July 19, 2015. We struggled with infertility and were overjoyed to find out we were expecting twins, but were also nervous at the same time. I had a relatively smooth pregnancy until my water broke without warning one night. My husband and I were both truly terrified when we arrived at the Pavilion for Women, but the doctors and nurses were all so calm and comforting and took their time answering all our questions. The girls were born by emergency C-section 48 hours later. Both Anna and Ella were a mere 1 lb. 15 oz. and were the tiniest babies I had ever seen. We were amazed by how many people were in the operating room ready and waiting to help our girls. We are forever grateful for the neonatology team for working so hard to stabilize both girls. Once Anna and Ella were stable enough, they brought them to the recovery room where we were able to take our first pictures with them and touch their tiny hands before they were both transported to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at the Pavilion. We were told to expect them to remain in the NICU for the next 13 weeks, until their due date. We knew we had a long road ahead of us, but we were hopeful we would be able to bring them both home. Full Entry »

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Drew’s congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) diagnosis

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We sat in the low-lit room, both marveling and relieved to see our son’s little heartbeat. It was March 5, 2014, a date that changed our lives forever. As first time expecting parents, we were excited to go to our 19-week anatomy scan.

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