When you’re an expectant parent, the excitement you feel about the upcoming birth of your baby knows no bounds.
You prepare as much as you can by investing in all kinds of toys and clothes. And, in your eager anticipation, you neglect to consider the fact that there is a possibility that your own child could be born with a condition which will have a substantial effect on their lives.
One young, expectant couple, Sara Heller and Chris Eidam, found out that their unborn baby, Brody, had a bilateral cleft lip and palate at their 24-week ultrasound.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 2,650 babies are born with a cleft palate and about 4,440 babies are born with a cleft lip each year.
Cleft lips and palate are actually reasonably common birth defects that occur while the baby is growing in the womb. When certain tissues in the baby’s body don’t fuse together, this usually results in cleft lips and palate.
Cleft lips can make it difficult for babies to do basic things like eat, drink and even breathe.