Many moms aren't aware that the first gynecology visit for their teen daughter is actually recommended for sometime between the ages of 13 and 15 years old. You probably had your first visit sometime around going to college. Hopefully, your experience was a good one.
November 2006 will be a month that I will never forget.
Our introduction into the amazing world of parenthood... and then our abrupt reality check in the form of a life-threatening congenital heart defect & the successful medical interventions taken at Texas Children's Hospital which taught us to never take a day for granted. This is our story.
I work as a gastroenterologist at the Texas Children's Health Center in The Woodlands. I live nearby and each Thursday I drive down to Texas Children's Hospital where I do my endoscopies. It's where my patients get the best care.
I hear it all the time, 'you must hate to drive downtown.' As it turns out, I love Thursdays at Children's. I look forward to it all week.
Every year in the United States, between 3 and 10 million children witness intimate partner violence between their caregivers. These children really do suffer as a result. I have often played a 911 call during training of a 6-year-old calling for help as her mother is beaten (Warning: This phone call is very disturbing to hear. Listen with caution.). This is not an uncommon response to a traumatic event. The problem is these acute reactions do not always get noticed.