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  • Spina Bifida Special Needs Factsheet for Educators


    What teachers should know about spina bifida, and how to help students with the birth defect do their best in school.

  • Spina Bifida for Parents


    Spina bifida is a birth defect that involves the incomplete development of the spinal cord or its coverings. It's usually detected before a baby is born and treated right away.

  • Incontinence Special Needs Factsheet for Educators


    What teachers need to know about incontinence, and how to help students with the condition succeed in school.

  • Folic Acid and Pregnancy for Parents


    One of the most important things you can do to help prevent serious birth defects in your baby is to get enough folic acid every day - especially before conception and during early pregnancy.

  • Prenatal Test: Multiple Marker Test for Parents


    The multiple marker test is a blood test done to screen for neural tube defects and chromosomal disorders.

  • Prenatal Test: Amniocentesis for Parents


    This test takes a sample of the amniotic fluid. In the second trimester, it can show signs of chromosomal disorders, genetic problems, and neural tube defects. In the third trimester, it can check for infection and Rh incompatibility, and reveal if a baby's lungs are strong enough to breathe normally after birth.

  • Prenatal Test: Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS) for Parents


    A chorionic villus sampling (CVS) checks cells from the placenta for chromosomal abnormalities. Most women whose pregnancies are not high-risk don't need this test.

  • Cerebral Palsy and Related Conditions for Parents


  • Birth Defects for Parents


    Some birth defects are minor and cause no problems; others cause major disabilities. Learn about the different types of birth defects, and how to help prevent them.

  • When Your Baby Has a Birth Defect for Parents


    If your child has a birth defect, you don't have to go it alone - many people and resources are available to help you.