5 midwife myths

Mention you’re a midwife and many questions follow. From “Do midwives only deliver babies at home?” to “can I have my baby in water?” There are many myths and misunderstandings surrounding one of the oldest professions. Many more women are choosing to use certified nurse-midwives (CNM) for a more personal childbirth experience, many others are discovering that midwives do more than take care of pregnant women. Read below to help dispel some myths surrounding nurse-midwives. Full Entry »

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185 days in the NICU: Beckham’s story


My son Beckham was born at 24 weeks gestation weighing 1 lb. 8 oz. and a mere 12 inches long. After the grueling process of egg donation and surrogacy, we were utterly speechless when Beckham came into this world so early. Full Entry »

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The importance of blood donation

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The New Year is a time for resolutions. Get healthy, save money, give toward a worthy cause. What if there were a way to really give of yourself and save lives, without having to spend a dime? There is a way to do just that–blood donation. In fact, a single donation can potentially help more than one person in need. One pint of blood can be separated into up to four main usable components: red blood cells, which help carry oxygen to vital organs; platelets, which form some of the building blocks of clots; plasma, the liquid part of blood that also contains clotting factors and cryoprecipitate that is made up of concentrated clotting factors that help stop bleeding. Full Entry »

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Neonatal Response team

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The Neonatal Response team has been a part of Texas Children’s long before I started here. We use to respond to St Luke’s for deliveries. After the Pavilion for Women opened in 2012, we began to respond to our own deliveries. The team is made up of numerous professionals, including neonatologists, specially trained neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) registered nurses (RNs), respiratory therapists and often others. Our team is paged to all preterm deliveries (babies born before 36 weeks). Additionally, the Neonatal Response team is present at all deliveries of babies who have birth defects that require the baby to be admitted to the NICU, as well as for unexpected emergencies that occur just prior to delivery. Our team does everything to stabilize the baby, including assigning Apgar scores after delivery. This could include supporting the baby with a variety of tools for oxygen delivery, IV access and medications. We then transport many of these babies to the NICU or cardiovascular intensive care unit (CVICU). Full Entry »

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Why I’m running the Houston Marathon


Lucky. It’s a word we use almost every day in our house. We are so incredibly lucky to be a part of the Texas Children’s family. And because of Texas Children’s, we are also incredibly lucky to have two healthy and happy identical twin girls. Full Entry »

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