January is designated as National Birth Defects Awareness Month by the Center for Disease Control (CDC)> “Birth defects” are broadly defined as changes or abnormalities in a baby’s body that are present from birth. These changes can affect how any part of the body appears or functions. According to the CDC, about 120,000 babies are born with birth defects each year.
Some common birth defects include spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, Downs syndrome, or congenital heart defects. As medical science has improved in the US, children with these challenges are now able to receive more comprehensive care and live healthier lives,
At Communities of Care, our mission is to support families with these unique challenges and help children lead full lives with their loved ones. Many of our clients have lifelong conditions such as spina bifida or muscular dystrophy. We know from years of experience that a caring team of highly trained nurses can provide support and make a measurable difference in the lives of our clients every day!