is one of the most common, permanently disabling birth defects in the U.S., affecting about 1,500 pregnancies each year. It occurs when the neural tube does not close completely during the first several weeks after conception.
Living with Spina Bifida
is different for every person. People with spina bifida often need many surgeries and may experience paralysis, mobility challenges, and loss of bladder and bowel control.
Most people with spina bifida do live long productive lives, thanks to advanced medical techniques and support systems.
SBRN has resources
on numerous topics related to Spina Bifida and living with disabilities.