Special Needs Pediatric Care FAQS

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Why does a child with special needs need a pediatrician who manages special needs patients only? Although families may go through financial hardships, adjustments with employment, or lack of family support, research has shown that families that have children with special needs have increased risk for having financial instability, social isolation or family disruption. A physician who manages […]

My Son Was Born With a Congenital Anomaly

Bon Secours | Developmental Assessment Clinic Valerie Bowman, M.D.

My son was born with a congenital anomaly that required surgery when he was just 4 days old. Shortly after discharge from the NICU he started having problems with latching while breast-feeding. After two weeks of seeing a lactation consultant, I followed her recommendation to feed Jon with a bottle. Being a pediatrician I knew […]

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Would you like to save $25 by opening a savings account for your child’s future education? How about getting free admission for one to the Science Museum of Virginia, or 1/2 price tickets to the theatre? Maybe you’d like to get 10% off new fashions for your home, or save $10 on a facial. We’ve […]

The Benefits and Risks of Circumcision: Dr. Winslow Understands

Boyd Winslow, M.D.

Editor’s Note: The following article was released on Monday, August 27, 2012 related to this topic. It adds additional information regarding the risks and benefits of circumcision: “Peditricians Decide Boys are Better Off Circumcised than Not” Finding out that you are pregnant is exciting. Learning the gender of your soon-to-be-born baby is even more exciting. […]

CJSTUF Ball is a Family Affair

CJ's Thumbs Up Foundation CJStuf.org

After enduring incredible pain and grief at the loss of their young daughter, Rachel and Roger Reynolds established the CJ’s Thumbs Up Foundation (CJSTUF) in their daughter’s name as a mechanism to “pay it forward” and help others in need. Charlotte Jennie (CJ) passed away at home on January 7, 2010 at just 4 1/2 […]

FREE Summer Safety Seminars and FREE Child Care at CMoR on May 24, 2011

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The FREE Kids Summer Safety Seminar is scheduled for Tuesday, May 24, 2011 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Children’s Museum of Richmond at Short Pump.  This is an informative seminar that also includes admission to the Children’s Museum for parents and children, along with free child care during seminar sessions – what […]

“Your daughter’s kidney is seriously damaged and she needs surgery”


I remember the day well. My young daughter’s doctor walked into the room, pulled up a chair, and sat quietly for what seemed like forever, but it was probably only 5 seconds. He put his hand on her knee as he laid down her chart. “We’re going to have to perform surgery to get your […]

We need a stand-alone Children’s Hospital

Gayle Smith, MD, a fierce proponent of a stand-alone Children's Hospital in Richmond

The story from one Richmond mom and pediatrician, Dr. Gayle Smith, as told to Kate W. Hall You may have seen the article we ran last summer about the announcement of the merger between VCU Medical Center and the current Children’s Hospital; this was Kate Hall’s view, without the medical knowledge/background. The rest of this […]

Partners in Pediatrics: A unique Richmond Pediatric Solution

If I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes, I’d have never believed it. A pediatrician’s office without a waiting room. I didn’t believe it until I saw it, but Partners in Pediatrics has no waiting room.Without a long row of chairs, without a stream of snotty-nosed kids (like mine!) handling lots of toys with […]

Why Richmond Need a Childrens Hospital (Part II)

by Gayle Schrier Smith, MD “But I really want one, Mom!” he whined. “Maybe you should put it on your Christmas list.” I countered. “It’s March 25, Mom. Christmas is exactly NINE months away! We could get a baby in that amount of time!” And so my breakfast table conversation began. Everything takes time. There […]