Information on Congenital Anomalies written for parents

General information on a range of birth defects, presented in a user friendly style.  Access to patient information leaflets and support groups.

Unique

Unique is an international charitable organisation that provides information and support for families affected by rare chromosomal disorders.  As well as an extensive range of patient information leaflets, detailing the clinical phenotype, they also provide a support network for families and professionals involved with chromosomal disorders.

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March of Dimes

This website contains information written for parents on a number of birth defects and related illnesses.  Some specific teratogen exposures are covered, such as Congenital Zika Syndrome and Congenital Syphilis.  The site also provides information on genetic syndromes and metabolic disorders.  Useful information about causation, prevention and treatment are covered within the topics.

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Genetic disorders, craniofacial anomalies and birth defects.  Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

This website contains information intended for the use of parents on a number of paediatric conditions.  There is a section on Genetic Syndromes and Birth Defects which includes several leaflets on relatively common defects such as cleft lip and palate and limb defects.  However, further information can be found in other sections such as Craniofacial Anomalies and Disorders.  

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EURORDIS Rare Diseases Europe

EURORDIS is a non-governmental patient-driven alliance of patient organisations representing 761 rare disease patient organisations in 68 countries.  The website contains patient vignettes and videos, information on orphan drugs, online training modules and information on international rare disease events.

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The International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus

The International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (IF) was founded by people with spina bifida and hydrocephalus (SBH) and their families in 1979 and now includes 60 member organisations in Africa, Australia, the Americas, Asia and Europe. PUSH! Global Alliance includes a wide range of global institutional stakeholders working together to accelerate spina bifida and hydrocephalus prevention, and to realize optimal care and a better quality of life for those affected. 

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Shine

Shine provides specialist support from before birth and throughout the life of anyone living with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus, as well as to parents, families, carers and professional care staff. Shine enables people to get the best out of life.

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Smile Train

Smile Train is an international children’s charity with a sustainable approach to a single, solvable problem: cleft lip and palate. Millions of children in developing countries with untreated clefts live in isolation, but more importantly, have difficulty eating, breathing, hearing, and speaking. Cleft repair surgery is simple, and the transformation is immediate. The Smiletrain sustainable model provides training, funding, and resources to empower local doctors in 85+ developing countries to provide 100%-free cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care in their own communities.

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British Heart Foundation

British Heart Foundation is a UK charity which fights cardiovascular disease, including congenital heart disease. It provides information on congenital heart defects for parents.

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DYSNET

DysNet is a global network connecting anyone who is personally or professionally affected by congenital limb deficiency.

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RARECONNECT

A safe, easy to use platform where rare disease patients, families and patient organizations can develop online communities and conversations across continents and languages.  RareConnect partners with the world’s leading rare disease patient groups to offer global online communities allowing people to connect around issues which affect them while living with a rare disease.

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Ugandan Spina Bifida and Hydocephalus Awareness Network (Shynea)

This network, called Shynea Uganda, has the following mission:  to create and foster a co-operative networking of various social agencies; and to effectively influence policies, programmes and practices of government in order to holistically meet the needs of children with spinal bifida and hydrocephalous and support their care takers.  The organisation was established in 2015 and is fully registered in Uganda. 

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Omphalocele.net

The site serves as a support group, a source of non-technical information, and a gateway into the personal websites of many parents of omphalocele babies and kids. The information contained in this site is referenced from various medical websites and member experiences. It is not meant to contradict any information you may receive from your personal physician and should not be used to make decisions about surgical treatment.

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