Tagged with: Parent Stories

  • Ethan’s Story

    19 Dec 2016

    He then went really quiet all of sudden, and said to us "Have you ever heard of a cleft lip and palate?”

  • Laura’s Story

    3 Dec 2016

    It was hot July and I was impatiently awaiting the birth of our daughter. I was 10 days overdue and getting more impatient by the hour! I was due to be induced in the morning and had a feeling of scared excitement; I just couldn't wait to meet her! The next morning came and everything went to plan, I was induced at 9am and by 11am I was in early labour, a lot quicker than I was expecting!

  • Pregnant? Affected by Cleft Palate or Cleft Lip?

    21 Nov 2016

    Nutopia, an award-winning television production company, are looking for expectant mums affected by cleft palate and/or cleft lip to take part in their brand new documentary series about the science of babies.

  • Rachel’s Story

    8 Jul 2016

    It's the 9th March 2015, the day we have been waiting for. I had been induced two days prior due to high blood pressure, but today will be the day we meet our baby. The little baby we have been so desperately trying for for the past 3 years. We had our first child in 2010, a healthy (big) baby, Ella-Rose Corbin. She has been desperate to become a big sister for as long as I can remember; blowing out birthday candles wishing for a sibling that she could love, cuddle and feed. Today was going to be that day, except it's going to be a little different to how we had all imagined...

  • Luke’s World

    12 May 2016

    "Our little treasure arrived on Thursday 7th March 1996 weighing a healthy 7lb 13oz! Dad helped to deliver and was there to see that Luke was that extra bit special. I remember him being placed on my tummy and saying “aaww look…he has a cleft lip”. His Dad just said “I know kiddo…but we’ll be alright”."

  • Amanda and Amy’s Story

    11 May 2016

    It was a complete shock to us as anomaly scans were not available then and I felt to be honest, extremely isolated and lonely as I really didn’t have any support from anyone except the hospital staff and of course my family and friends at that time. It also felt really scary.

  • Elizabeth’s Story

    10 May 2016

    "I remember when I went to see Isaac in recovery and didn’t know what to expect and I was terrified but after a few hours he was even trying to smile and I feel in love with him all over again. Although to this day, I will always miss his wonderful cleft smile."

  • Katie’s Story

    10 May 2016

    "Cody has had his first surgery and although we miss his wide smile we are head over heels in love with his newest look. We really enjoyed the walk at the weekend and look forward to more events in the future."

  • Jasper’s Story

    10 May 2016

    "I knew what a cleft lip was, and I love all things quirky and unique and I knew that he would be beautiful no matter what. In the grand scheme of things, it wasn't anything life threatening, it could have been a hell of a lot worse."

  • Things Can Only Get Better

    6 Apr 2016

    From the first contact, CLAPA have supported me giving me advice and reassurance through my ante-natal tests, the birth, the many appointments and subsequent surgeries my baby had to undergo and the difficult learning curve of feeding a cleft baby. I don’t think I could have got through it without them and I know my son, now an adult, still enjoys interacting with the CLAPA community via social media.