Blue's Cleft Journey

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Cleft Lip Cleft Palate is one of the most common birth defects effecting 1 in 500 children born in the US today.  Unless treated it can interfere with feeding, hearing & speech. If you are wondering where the name Blue came from, ask a Shrine Clown. Our cleft journey began during a typical 20 week ultrasound.  This is how we found out that our son would be born with a possible cleft lip.  We ended up having a 3D ultrasound that same day to confirm he did have the cleft lip with possible cleft palate, which is referred to as a unilateral CLCP.  First thing that came to my mind what did I do…From that moment forward after all the emotions ran through us we started our research as to how we would care for him, feed him, etc.  Around the 32 week mark we contacted our local cleft team which we interviewed and asked a TON of questions. Shortly afterwards I was put on bed rest due to complications. Fast forward to Sept 12, 2006, I was 34 weeks and our son decided to come early. We were both scared and had no idea what to do, we had no insurance, no family here in Memphis to lean on (we moved here from Savannah, GA after my husband got out of the Army) but knew this baby needed us as much as we needed him. The day Blue was born, we had several doctors from the local cleft team visit us and help us decide what our next steps would be...See Story Cont. tab