October is Spina Bifida Awareness Month

Each year, about 1,500 babies are born with spina bifida. Read summary
Hispanic women have the highest rate of having a child affected by spina bifida compared with Non-Hispanic White and Non-Hispanic Black women. Read summary

◦Hispanic: 4.17 per 10,000
◦Non-Hispanic Black or African-American: 2.64 per10,000
◦Non-Hispanic White: 3.22 per 10,000

Spina bifida is a type of birth defect called a neural tube defect. It occurs when the bones of the spine (vertebrae) don’t form properly around part of the baby’s spinal cord. Spina bifida can be mild or severe. The exact cause of this birth defect isn’t known. Experts think that genes and the environment are part of the cause. To learn more about Spina Bifida check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention facts page here.

PPEs can help promote spina bifida awareness throughout the month of October by disseminating multimedia and free print material provided by the CDC.

Check out this video of Luke Rainwater, baby born with spina bifida

Information in this piece provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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