From New York to Houston: My placenta accreta story

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Unlike many women with placenta accreta who hear the term for the first time when they are diagnosed, I had been warned by my OB that my history of three prior C-sections put me at risk for this condition. Placenta accreta is a serious pregnancy complication where the placenta abnormally attaches to the uterine lining. There are three gradations of abnormal attachment, ranging from accreta (placenta attaches to the uterine lining), increta (placenta invades at least halfway through the uterine wall) to percreta (placenta grows through the uterine wall and often into nearby tissues, like the bladder). Women with placenta accreta are at risk for massive, life-threatening hemorrhage during delivery. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, maternal death occurs in 7 percent of accreta cases (with higher rates for increta and percreta), and may occur despite optimal management and surgical care. Full Entry »

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Creating a birth plan: What you need to know

Going into labor and giving birth can be a high-stress experience, especially for a first-time mother. To help ease any anxiety, it’s a great idea to have a birth plan in place before going into labor. A birth plan is a document that outlines your preferences for labor, delivery and your postpartum experience. It also gives you the chance to be an active participant in your health care and offers you some control of your delivery experience. Full Entry »

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National breastfeeding awareness month: The importance of support

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Breastfeeding support in the early weeks is crucial to the success of a breastfeeding relationship. Merging together the expertise of a board certified lactation consultant and the important role that other new mothers play in supporting and encouraging one another during this time, the Pavilion for Women started a special program just for these mothers. Full Entry »

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Giving our son the best chance with fetal surgery for spina bifida

Finding out I was going to be a mother was one of the most surreal moments in my life. The first 17 weeks of my pregnancy were amazing; I had no morning sickness or headaches, I was just tired and experienced a tiny bit of nausea. Basically, it was the textbook pregnancy most women dream of. Full Entry »

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Is CrossFit safe during pregnancy?

I often get questions about pregnant mothers wanting to workout. Can they continue their pre-pregnancy routine? Is CrossFit safe during pregnancy? The truth is, as long as a woman is under the guidance of her healthcare provider, it really is OK for her to continue with her pre-pregnancy workout – even CrossFit. Full Entry »

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