Does anyone here have any family history of spina bifida? My doctor wants
me to have genetic testing, but my insurance doesn't consider it neccesary
in cases of spina bifida. We only have one case of it in the family (my
maternal aunt) and because my grandmother considered it a punishment from
God, noone will talk about it. I have no idea how severe her case is or
what caused it. Does anyone know what the chances of my child being born
I have a second cousin who has a pretty severe case of spina bifida.
She has had many surgeries in her lifetime, several just to give her
control over her excretory functions. And she still has to have
crutches or walker or wheelchair to get around. But she is the only
case of it in the family (and she copes quite well, is angelically
beautiful and very intelligent, and now has a loving husband and two
healthy children with him).
Chances are much less these days than when my cousin was born, I
think, just because of the advances in medicine, etc.