I have been “pink” for breast cancer all month – just wanted to remind everyone it is also Spina Bifida Awareness Month. This is the what I posted last year, it’s still relevant.


October is Spina Bifida Awareness Month.

What is Spina Bifida?
Spina Bifida happens when the spine of a baby in the womb does not close all of the way.  It occurs within the first month of pregnancy — often before most women even know that they are going to have a baby.  Every day, about eight babies born in the United States have Spina Bifida or a similar birth defect of the brain and spine. Spina Bifida is the most common permanently disabling birth defect that is compatible with living into adulthood.

What causes Spina Bifida?
No one knows for sure. Experts think that both genetics (one or more genes) and the person’s environment might interact to cause Spina Bifida. It is possible that a person inherits multiple genes that make them susceptible to having Spina Bifida, but something in the environment triggers the Spina Bifida to develop.

Can Spina Bifida be…

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