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When Tyler Robinett discovered she was pregnant with her son Owen, now 2, her midwife told her about the CenteringPregnancy® program at VCU Health. The idea was very intriguing to the first-time mom, who liked the thought of experiencing the journey of pregnancy with other women by her side. CenteringPregnancy® brings together 8 to 12 women with similar due dates to learn skills, participate in facilitated discussions and develop a... View Article

Feb 16 2018

Long QT syndrome caused an erratic heart rhythm and left little Laurel feeling lethargic. When her mom met the Children’s Hospital Foundation Heart Center team, her fear turned to confidence that Laurel was in the right hands. Laurel received a pacemaker and returns to CHoR regularly for coordinated follow-up care with her heart team and other specialists. She has plenty of energy to play with big brother, keep Mom on... View Article

Feb 14 2018

Most people don’t give breathing much thought, but cystic fibrosis can make this essential and typically ordinary act a challenge. Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease that causes a thick, sticky buildup of mucus. It can trap bacteria, clogging the airways and leading to recurring infections that damage the lungs and make breathing increasingly difficult over time. The heavy mucus impacts other organs, including the pancreas, where it impedes digestive... View Article

Feb 9 2018

It’s often said that parenting is one of the hardest, but most rewarding, jobs there is. No two children are the same and caring for the household and meeting each child’s unique needs is a balancing act. When a child has special needs – or even an issue that at times demands more time and attention – this balance often becomes even more delicate. Children with more involved needs, whether... View Article

Jan 26 2018

“My tummy hurts!” When this phrase is accompanied by a brief bout of vomiting or diarrhea, it’s likely a stomach bug that will run its course. Other causes of abdominal discomfort in kids aren’t quite as obvious. “The abdomen contains the stomach, intestines and several organs,” said Flora Szabo, MD, pediatric gastroenterologist. “When you consider this, along with the complex nature of the human body and how the various systems... View Article

Jan 17 2018

When Amy Grazioso was pregnant with her son Tyler, now 12, she knew there was a chance he would be born with cystic fibrosis. Within his first two weeks of life, the diagnosis was confirmed. Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease in which a thick and sticky mucus builds up in the organs, including the lungs. When this mucus plugs the airways, it makes breathing difficult. “It was really difficult... View Article

Jan 16 2018

When Kelly Ellis and her 4-year-old twins Huck and Hayes set out for swimming lessons on June 9, 2017, they had no idea the trip would turn their family’s world upside down. They hit a tree in a car accident that left Huck unconscious and all three of them with injuries that required urgent medical attention. The twins were flown to CHoR while Mom was transported by ambulance to VCU... View Article

Jan 11 2018

The new year will be marked by the opening of an inspirational new mental health facility, the result of Virginia leaders and citizens coming together to transform mental health care for our children. Former Virginia Treatment Center for Children patient Hallie Hovey-Murray says it best: Virginia has had much to be proud of in recent decades, including national best in class rankings in economic competitiveness, education, state parks and quality of life.... View Article

Jan 9 2018

Having an advanced level of heart care right here in Richmond has very special meaning for 12-year-old Annelise “Anna” Kaikkonen. The expertise and dedication of our Children’s Hospital Foundation Heart Center team saved Anna’s life – more than once. “They spent many, many hours working to come up with a plan to do surgery in a way that Anna would survive,” her dad, Bob, says thankfully. The Heart Center provides... View Article

Dec 31 2017

The start of school brings new friendships, sports helmets, classrooms and unfortunately, sometimes lice! Lice cause a lot of stress for both parents and schools. Not sure how to tackle the bugs or how to prevent the invasion? We can help! Head lice are small (2-3 millimeters in size, like a seed) and gray-white in color. They live on humans and if your child is affected, you may see actual... View Article

Dec 18 2017