Generations Experience Care from One Physician

It’s not uncommon for a quality physician to treat a family for generations. Just ask Amber Heald.

picObstetrician/gynecologist Gregory Chapman, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., has had a connection with her family going back to her mother. Dr. Chapman delivered Amber’s older sister and Amber’s cousin’s daughter, and he has seen Amber herself through two pregnancies. As a member of Gynecological and Obstetrical Associates on the campus of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Dr. Chapman makes it a point to be in the right place at the right time and that has made the difference for Amber and her family for more than 25 years.

“I would trust him with my life and with my babies’ lives, and I have,” Amber said.

When the mother-to-be went into early labor with her second son, James, at 36 gestational weeks, Dr. Chapman was just steps away. Within minutes, he was on hand to assist the hospital’s maternal-fetal medicine team, consisting of physicians on the medical staff, in providing Amber with quality care.

“Certain hospitals have their niche and Texas Health Dallas is certainly a cut above for specialty women’s and neonatal care,” Dr. Chapman said. “The benefit of being based on the hospital campus is that all our gynecology is done onsite, and that can make a real difference in a high-risk or other situation.”

Dr. Chapman was readily available to control Amber’s contractions and only kept her overnight in the hospital’s High Risk Obstetrics/Antepartum Unit for observation before releasing her. Several weeks later when Amber was again in Texas Health Dallas’ Margot Perot Center for Women and Infants for her scheduled C-section, it was baby James who needed special attention, quickly.

During the delivery, James inhaled some amniotic fluid. Dr. Chapman aided by the Labor and Delivery nurses aspirated his lungs to prevent him from going into respiratory distress. With a serious incident diverted, Amber was able to heal and recuperate in the hospital’s Postpartum Unit while baby James spent a night in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for observation before being returned to mom. They both headed home together four days later.

“My family and I have been truly blessed to have Dr. Chapman in our health care corner for years,” Amber said.

“I made the mistake of going to another doctor for the delivery of my oldest daughter. When I had a post-pregnancy follow-up, he didn’t even remember who I was. After my second delivery in 2007, I had the baby blues and was apprehensive about talking to Dr. Chapman about my feelings. Once I opened up, he was so caring. He has always made it a point to ask me what’s going on in my day, my life. Anyone who encounters Dr. Chapman in the hospital should know they are in the best hands,” she added.

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