Fetal Conditions

It never occurred to me that I wouldn’t be able to hold my daughter right after her birth. She was born nearly three months too early – and it was a whirlwind, emergent situation bringing a premature baby into the world. › Continue Reading

You’ve just been told by your doctor that your baby has spina bifida. Between the tears you’re fighting back and the questions running through your mind, you’re probably scratching your head in confusion about all of this “spina-something” business. Spina › Continue Reading

Our identical twin daughters, Selah and Shylah, celebrate their second birthday today. And while this is an exciting milestone for any parent, it feels particularly victorious for us because our girls were born conjoined by the lower third of their chests to the navel, and shared › Continue Reading

Anna Joy is the youngest of four incredible little girls. My pregnancy with her was going smoothly — I was super sick with “all day sickness” just like I was with her older sisters. Nothing seemed amiss. At the routine 20-week › Continue Reading

The short answer is: it depends. If you have congenital heart disease and are thinking about becoming pregnant, or if you already are pregnant, you need to speak with a high-risk obstetrician (maternal fetal medicine (MFM) specialist) and a cardiologist › Continue Reading

Receiving a diagnosis of twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) can be overwhelming. The mother faces the possibility of a complex surgery and lengthy bed rest afterward. Her unborn babies’ lives are typically in serious danger. At this time, families usually are › Continue Reading

In many ways, prematurity is a mystery to both clinicians and researchers alike. For a long time, it was seen as unpredictable and inevitable. Over the last few decades, medical and research communities have focused their efforts on bettering the › Continue Reading

Mothers. Mothers are the reason I decided to become a maternal fetal medicine physician. I am in awe of them each and every day. Their determination for doing what’s best for their babies is nothing short of inspirational. I recall › Continue Reading

One of the best ways I’ve found to help people understand congenital heart disease is by visual illustration or drawings. In fact, my love for drawing is what led me to the field of pediatric cardiology. As many of my clinical mentors have › Continue Reading

Despite doing everything “right,” in my pregnancies, I delivered both of my girls prematurely. I avoided unhealthy environmental factors.  I went to prenatal appointments. I took my vitamins. Ate a well-balanced diet.  So why was my first daughter born almost › Continue Reading