Living With Spina Bifida
This section of the website provides information about living with spina bifida at different ages.
Spina bifida affects the entire family. Meeting the complex needs of a person affected by spina bifida involves the whole family and can be challenging at times. However, finding resources, knowing what to expect, and planning for the future can help.
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Read Nancy's personal story about her son Clark who is living a full life with spina bifida. As a nurse, Nancy shares her persepctive on the importance of spina bifida research.
Be Your Own Advocate
It is very important that individuals or parents of children with spina bifida take an active role in managing their own or their child’s care. To make important decisions people need to know about spina bifida, understand the treatment options, and then make the best possible choices for their health or the health of their child. If they don’t understand a medical term or concept, they should ask their health care provider to explain. They also should take notes and ask questions during visits to the doctor or clinic.
- CDC’s Facts and Health Issues and Treatments pages are a good starting point to learn about spina bifida.
- The Spina Bifida Association provides information on spina bifida, and can be helpful in recommending clinics or health care providers who are experts in the care of children and adults with spina bifida.
Watch videos about living with spina bifida.
Individuals with spina bifida and their parents talk about their lives and spina bifida.
A child with spina bifida and his mom talk about how the child participates in his medical care.
A mom talks about the steps their family took to encourage their son’s independence.
Parents and individuals with spina bifida talk about the importance of physical activity.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
Division of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
Divison of Human Development and Disability
1600 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30333
TTY: (888) 232-6348
- Contact CDC-INFO