Spina Bifida is a neural tube defect that happens in the first month of pregnancy when the spinal column doesn’t close completely and results in nerves that are damaged. It is the most common permanently disabling birth defect.
An estimated 70,000 people in the U.S. are currently living with spina bifida.
Every day an average of eight babies born in the U.S. are affected by spina bifida or a similar birth defect of the brain and spine. This equates to about 3,000 pregnancies each year.
Advances in medical treatments have opened up new worlds for people living with spina bifida. Children and adults with spina bifida are living longer, more productive lives that were dreamed of just 20 years ago!