When a Baby Has a Birth Defect | Baby Care Basics | Parents

When a Baby Has a Birth Defect | Baby Care Basics | Parents


There are many types of birth defects, some
are treatable and others are more serious and complicated. Having a baby who is born
with a birth defect is overwhelming. But I want you to know that there are many people
and organizations ready to help you care for your child. Start with your Pediatrician.
She can direct you to valuable resources such as at your local hospital which may offer
support groups or child care classes for parents of babies with disabilities. She can also
connect you to your State’s early prevention program which can provide services like physical
therapy and speech therapy. There are many organizations dedicated to offering emotional
support and educational resources for families. Easter Seals provides inclusive child care
and early intervention for babies and children with disabilities. The March of Dimes offers
information and comfort to parents whose babies have a variety of health issues. Regardless
of your child’s diagnosis, there’s bound to be a specific national organization devoted
to helping families cope. Your local chapter can become an instant network of support and
of education.

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