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Kicking the Odds

Posted by Fetal Care Center Dallas on Jan 16, 2019 4:07:41 PM

Meet Uriah: The first baby in North Texas to undergo surgery before he was born.

A quick online search of spina bifida — one of the most common birth defects affecting 1,500 to 2,000 American babies a year — generates phrases such as “not curable” and “damage to the spinal cord and nerves can’t be reversed.” But as Sarah Prowell and Sean Kirby watch their newborn, Uriah, kick his legs between naps, they are hopeful for his future.

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Topics: spina bifida

Experiencing Joy and Sorrow During a High-Risk Pregnancy

Posted by Fetal Care Center Dallas on Dec 13, 2018 11:17:38 AM

Back in 2015, in a single moment, our world was turned upside down. Our first son, Abel Paul, was diagnosed with Trisomy 18 in the first trimester of our pregnancy. Everything we had mentally envisioned and emotionally longed for had suddenly shifted with the news that our boy’s earthly life would likely be much shorter than any parent would hope for. With the weight of that reality came two competing approaches as to how someone in our shoes ought to proceed.

The first approach was from the original doctor who confirmed Abel’s condition and said something along these lines: “If it’s indeed true that we’re going to lose this baby at some point, why torture ourselves by dragging out the inevitable? Wouldn’t it be best and easiest for all parties to end this pregnancy now and try again?”

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All About Fetal Echocardiograms

Posted by Reenu Eapen, MD on Oct 12, 2018 1:26:06 PM

 

Diagnosing heart problems before birth is crucial to ensure that your baby gets any needed treatment as early as possible. If there’s a possibility of a congenital heart defect or other heart abnormality, your doctor may recommend a fetal echocardiogram. Read on to discover what this entails, who needs, when it can be performed and and what to expect.

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Topics: pediatric cardiology, congenital heart defect, fetal echocaridogram

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