When Is It More Than The “Baby Blues”?

Pregnancy is a time of many emotions that change at the drop of a hat. It can also be a time when some women may experience more serious emotional symptoms that need to be treated. Estrogen and progesterone levels approach their highest peak in the last trimester of pregnancy only to fall precipitously after delivery. These hormonal changes are responsible for the mood swings common in late pregnancy and postpartum. The combination of fatigue, fear and hormones can get the better of anyone.

The baby blues affect up to 80% of all women who deliver a baby. Baby blues symptoms are similar to the premenstrual symptoms that many women experience. The blues come on about 3 days after delivery and should go away by 2 weeks postpartum. A mother may feel fearful, irritable and anxious about her responsibilities as a mother. She may complain of moodiness and break into tears for no reason. But she also experiences periods of pleasure and enjoys her new baby. Her appetite is good, and she is able to sleep when the baby sleeps. As a matter of fact, she is desperate for sleep and falls asleep easily.

One of the most frightening things about the baby blues is that many women don’t expect them and aren’t sure what is happening or why. Full Entry »

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Texas Children’s Pavilion For Women Officially Opens Inpatient Services

Like a breath of fresh air, the doors are now completely open at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women. This grand opening marks a new beginning for Texas Children’s Hospital, mothers, babies and their families. As we begin delivering babies, caring for mothers and offering services for women of all ages, we’re building on the strong foundation provided for so many years by our world-class medical team at Texas Children’s.

The Pavilion for Women, led by world-renowned OB/GYN-in-Chief Dr. Michael Belfort, now offers a full continuum of care for mothers and their babies — from pre-conception to post-delivery. Symbolic of the continuum is the innovative circular bridge linking the Pavilion with the Clinical Care Center and West Tower of Texas Children’s Hospital. This bridge provides a quick and convenient route for a team approach to specialized care. This means faster, safer and better results for moms who deliver their babies here.

Despite all the excitement surrounding the opening, the Full Entry »

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How Twin Girls With Truncus Changed My Life As A Nurse

It takes a village…

If there is one thing I know for certain in the 20+ years I have been a nurse at Texas Children’s Hospital, it’s that our patients touch our hearts and affect our lives in ways they may never know. I recently met a patient that had a particularly profound effect on me.

Last spring, the McPhetridge family was ecstatic when they found out that they were expecting twin girls. The couple’s joy soon turned to fear when they learned that both of their babies had identical form of truncus, an extremely rare type of congenital heart disease.

The diagnosis is daunting for one child, but to have twins with the same condition was overwhelming. The health of both their baby girls would have to be monitored throughout the pregnancy and a major heart surgery performed on each baby within the first few days of life. The diagnosis was so serious that the Full Entry »

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An Incredible First: Helping Children With Spina Bifida In-Utero

Last Saturday, Charlotte, a beautiful baby gift was born in Houston, making her parents very proud. Her debut was a heartwarming and much-anticipated one for everyone at Texas Children’s Hospital.

baby-charlotte-12 Charlotte had been diagnosed with myelomeningocele, also known as spina bifida or open neural tube defect (NTD) while still in her mother’s womb. Spina bifida occurs in 3.4 out of every 10,000 live births in the U.S. and is the most common permanently disabling birth defect for which there is no known cure.

But thanks to recent advancements in fetal medicine, a new procedure is now available that involves closing the spinal defect before birth, which gives babies Full Entry »

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From New Mexico To Houston: How Texas Children’s Hospital Saved My Unborn Twin Babies

My husband and I were surprised last November when the doctors found a 2nd heartbeat at my 6-week ultrasound. At the time we had an 18-month old little boy so the thought of doing what we did with him twice seemed like an impossibility.

herrera-twins-ultrasoundA few weeks after our initial ultrasound we found out we were having identical twins and a few weeks after that we discovered that they were girls. The whole idea of tripling our family was sinking in and our excitement grew with every passing day. Unfortunately, our excitement was replaced with fear when our girls were diagnosed with twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS), a condition where 1 baby is taking nutrients from the other baby due to an imbalance in the veins in the placenta. Full Entry »

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