Spina Bifida aka Meningomyelocele

me·nin·go·my·e·lo·cele (mə-nĭng'gō-mī'ə-lə-sēl'),

Protrusion of the spinal membranes and spinal cord through a defect in the spinal column.

# cared for
2004-2013: 118
average stay
14.7 days
overall survival
  • Increased fluid within and around the brain
  • Infection
criteria for discharge
  • Recovery from surgical repair of the back
  • Stable head ultrasound
  • Gaining weight

common questions

Will my baby go directly to the operating room?

Your baby will be evaluated by a neurosurgeon following initial stabilization in the NICU. Most likely your baby will then be scheduled to go to the OR for initial back closure within 24 hours of birth.

Will my baby be able to breastfeed?

Most babies with spina bifida are able to successfully breastfeed.

A neonatologist is available 24/7 for referral and case consultation