Performing ultrasounds is one of the highlights of my job as a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist. It's usually an incredibly joyful moment for parents-to-be, and it’s a privilege to share detailed information about their baby with them at the half-way point of the pregnancy.
But that's just one day out of 40 weeks. What about the rest of the pregnancy?
Pregnancy is a long journey – with your body, your mind and your emotions. These changing conditions lead to numerous questions. I'm excited to launch this new section on UTSWMedicine.org. It will be a resource that will provide some answers for soon-to-be parents and those who are considering a pregnancy.
First, let me introduce myself…
My name is Robyn Horsager, and I am the Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital. I’ve helped pregnant women in Dallas, including many with high-risk pregnancies, for the past 20 years.
As a mother of identical twin daughters, I have a particular interest in multiples. I really enjoy giving those soon-to-be parents a firsthand account of what to expect.
With all patients, our team of obstetricians, nurses, sonographers and genetic counselors develops the best plan of care for the mother and the baby. We base our decisions on previous pregnancy outcomes, test results and current symptoms or complications reported by the mother.
In this new section, we will expand on that mission through education. We will discuss many topics related to pregnancy and offer insights and tips to those who are expecting a child. Once in a while, my colleagues at UT Southwestern will participate and share their stories and expertise.
Some of the topics we’ll cover include:
- Routine prenatal care.
- Reasons why we make certain recommendations.
- Complications in pregnancy.
- Current research about pregnancy.
We'll also relate real-life scenarios and discuss the decisions those women faced. Patient privacy is important to us, and we only share stories after receiving patient permission.
Our goal is to give women a better understanding of all the stages of pregnancy and answer any questions they may have. We hope this information prompts discussions and helps women who hesitate to ask questions of their doctor directly.
Most importantly, we want this to be your forum. If you have questions or suggestions, please email email@example.com any time. We're here to help.