As a practicing obstetrician-gynecologist for more than two decades, I think the term “geriatric pregnancy” is a bit of an exaggeration. When I think of the word “geriatric,” I think of older ladies enjoying their retirement years after having spent a large portion of their younger years raising families and working. But in the world … Continue reading Geriatric pregnancy: Waiting later in life to have a baby
Birth plans. Let’s go there. I am often asked when a woman should start preparing her birth plan. My answer might surprise you — never. It’s important to note that every woman is different. Some women advocate strongly for having a birth plan, and I get it. With all the unknowns, it may give you … Continue reading Should you consider a birth plan?
It’s time we talk openly about a condition that affects more women than you might realize — postpartum depression. It often starts something like this… Here you are. Mother of two. Living the dream. Two weeks ago, you delivered your second baby, your newest miracle. Of course, you aren’t sleeping well, but that you … Continue reading How to recognize the signs of postpartum depression
The joy of pursuing pregnancy can quickly morph into frustration, as the days turn into weeks and months of waiting and hoping. You may be ready to make that leap into parenthood — but your body might not be. Have you been attempting to conceive a pregnancy? Do you feel like it is never going … Continue reading How to cope with the emotional stress of infertility
One year ago, we welcomed the birth of our second baby delivered from a transplanted uterus. Today, we celebrate her birthday and the hope she brings to women born with absolute uterine factor infertility. She’s the reason we believe in miracles. Do you? The second phase of our uterus transplant trial is currently seeking donors to … Continue reading Video: Celebrating the birthday of our second baby delivered from a transplanted uterus
Women in medicine — both past and present-day pioneers — charter new territory, drive boundless innovation and inspire thousands of futurists to further advance a lasting legacy. From Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, to the first mother to give birth to a baby born from a living donor uterine transplant in the U.S., … Continue reading 11 powerful stories from women who inspire us for the better
Welcoming a new baby into the family is always a joyous occasion but for the Hartley family, little Emersyn Jane’s arrival was even more momentous. As she entered the world on Dec. 17, 2018, Emersyn’s birth marked the fourth generation of Hartleys to be born at Baylor University Medical Center. Since the early 1950s, a … Continue reading Four generations of one family born at Baylor University Medical Center
It is called many things in our society — Aunt Flo, the Crimson Tide, Mother Nature’s Gift — but it’s more commonly known as your period. For many, these few days out of the month are nothing more than a tolerable nuisance. But many other women, however, experience heavy menstrual flow that can be debilitating … Continue reading Heavy periods and what you can do about it
If you’re a first-time mom-to-be, you have probably thought some of these questions: When should I go to the hospital? What do real labor contractions feel like? How will I know when it’s the “real thing?” It is completely normal to experience wonder and often anxiety about knowing when and how labor will start, and … Continue reading Is it real labor contractions or Braxton Hicks?
In my 33 years of life, I’ve worn many hats. I’ve been a student at Pflugerville High School, Texas A&M University and Tarleton State University. I’ve been a high school teacher for 12 years, as well as an assistant principal. I’ve been a wife to my husband, Justin, since November 2007, and am a mother … Continue reading Beating breast cancer at age 30