My living champion: Fetoscopic surgery to repair spina bifida


Like any expectant parents, my husband and I were incredibly excited for our 20-week anatomy scan that would reveal whether we were having a boy or girl. This was baby number two for us, and we couldn’t wait to see if Glenn was having a brother or sister. Full Entry »

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From Georgia to Houston: Our spina bifida fetal surgery journey


Our journey began when I was 18 weeks and four days pregnant. Our daughter, Harper, was diagnosed with spina bifida during a routine anatomy scan. The idea something could be wrong never even entered our minds. We were fully prepared to go back to work that day with perfect ultrasound pictures in hand to show off to our family and friends, but God had a different plan for us. Instead, our OB/GYN came in the room and we heard the words, “It looks like spina bifida.” Our whole world flipped upside down as we tried to understand how something that seemed so terrible could be happening to us. It didn’t seem real. We felt unbelievably sad and helpless, a feeling that didn’t go away for quite some time. Full Entry »

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What are the differences between the NICUs in the Pavilion for Women and West Tower?

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This blog is co-authored by Dr. Pammi, neonatologist and Kellie Kainer, nursing director.

Having a baby admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for prematurity or other reasons can be overwhelming for parents. A good NICU team, such as ours, continuously strives to meet the needs of parents and support them whenever possible. Our social workers and chaplain are also available for parents’ assistance.

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Placenta accreta: How our multidisciplinary team saves lives

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Morbidly adherent placenta (MAP) is a serious complication during pregnancy that can cause mortality and severe morbidity. MAP occurs when a women’s placenta grows deeply into the wall of her uterus and is unable to detach after childbirth. Depending on the depth of the invasion, it is known as placenta accreta, increta or percreta.

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Meet our physicians: Dr. Susan Raine


At Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, we care for women and children from preconception, to long after the birth of the child. We are dedicated to obstetrics, gynecology and fetal intervention because we know to improve the health of children, we must start with mothers. To help you get to know our physicians better, we decided to sit down with them and do a short Q&A. Full Entry »

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