Family Vacations for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Tips for Parents

By John Lehman Planning a vacation is an exciting but sometimes difficult task for any family, particularly families who have children with cerebral palsy. Special considerations must be taken into account well before the plane tickets are purchased. Fortunately, the task is not impossible. With a little bit of research, homework and proper planning, you... Read More

Choosing Your Child’s First Wheelchair

Equipment

By Lee Vander Loop CP Family Network Editor About a third of children with cerebral palsy are non-ambulatory and will require the use of a wheelchair for transportation outside, indoors, or both. Getting the right wheelchair at an early age helps a child gain independence and all the confidence that can inspire. When a child... Read More

Are Home Births Safe?

Prenatal Care and Childbirth

By Giles Manley, MD, JD CPFN Medical Advisor I was surprised to read recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that home births are growing in popularity. I would have thought the opposite, given that most hospitals go to great lengths to provide comfortable and nurturing environments for laboring mothers and are... Read More

Earlier Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis Improves Quality of Life

Birth Injury, Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis

Five U.S. hospitals have now implemented international cerebral palsy diagnosis guidelines that have allowed them to reduce the average age at diagnosis from 19.5 months to 9.5 months. Most hospitals have an average age of about two years at diagnosis. The Nationwide Children’s Hospital, based in Columbus, Ohio, was the first hospital to implement the... Read More

Third Trimester Bleeding: When Is It a Red Flag That Requires Hospitalization?

Prenatal Care and Childbirth

When you’re in the throes of pregnancy, you’re prepared to welcome plenty of changes to your body, from hormone fluctuations and swollen feet to morning sickness and back aches. And although it can be scary to see, sometimes even a bit of bleeding is normal throughout your pregnancy. However, the difference between light spotting and... Read More

Waking Up to Possible Side Effects of Epidurals and Other Types of Regional Anesthesia

Prenatal Care and Childbirth

Giving birth to your baby is one of the most beautiful experiences you’ll have in your lifetime. Of course, it might be hard to remember that while you’re going through the delivery. But unlike previous generations, we’re fortunate to have the option of an epidural — the pain-numbing anesthetic that helps make childbirth much more... Read More

Prenatal Testing and Care: How to Earn an “A”

Doctor Visits, Prenatal Care and Childbirth

There’s so much to prepare for during your pregnancy, and while most of that preparation is exciting — choosing a name, decorating the nursery and indulging your strange cravings — it can be a bit nerve-wracking to think about all the medical tests and doctor visits ahead. But those routine checkups and prenatal screening tests... Read More

Is Using a Midwife a Mistake?

Prenatal Care and Childbirth

When it comes to the birth of your baby, you have the choice either to use an obstetrician-gynecologist (OBGYN) in a traditional hospital setting or to enlist the help of a midwife to assist you with delivery from the comfort of your home. The sterile nature of a hospital may not be your cup of... Read More

Heroes Helping Heroes

News, Stories, Stories, Stories

Stories of Individuals Using their Abilities to Help Others In these trying times, you don’t have to search long to find stories of heroes in the news. Front-line workers saving lives in hospitals around the world, first responders, and essential service workers are all being acknowledged for their hard work to keep people safe. What... Read More

Summer Sun Safety Tips

Tips for Parents

By Lee Vander Loop CP Family Network Editor Summer is nearly here and kids are anxiously awaiting summer outings, vacations and outdoor adventures. It’s a time of sports, outdoor play, family gatherings, and warmer weather. With many states restricting beach and park access due to COVID-19, family vacations may be limited to your own backyard,... Read More

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