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“It is reported that parents can often only retain 20-30% of information at a verbal consultation and they need printed information to take home to help with further information.” Dr Haydn Bellardie Lead Consultant Orthodontist Cleft Lip and Palate Unit Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

Education is the best gift Cleft Friends can give to a new parent who has just found out that their baby has a cleft lip and/or palate. We know that each cleft lip and palate diagnosis is different and that each bring with them their own challenges, but we also know that having a practical guide for *the cleft journey can better prepare parents for the what lies ahead. We have spent the past few years listening to parents and we have heard their needs. You can download resources from this page that will be pure gold on *your cleft journey.

Cleft Friends educates South African parents by providing the following resources:

  1. Cleft Lip and Palate Parent Guide (c) Smile Foundation
  2. Feeding a baby with a Cleft Lip and Palate (c) Georgia Jammine
  3. How Can I Help My Baby with a Cleft Palate to Talk (c) Georgia Jammine
  4. What should I pack for my child’s cleft lip and or palate surgery stay in hospital
  5. Misconceptions about Clefts vs Lived Experience with Clefts

* The cleft journey is a term that Cleft Friends uses to describe everything relating to your baby’s cleft lip and palate experience from the time they are born to their last operation. This can include the following medical professionals Paediatrician,  Specialist “Feeding” Nurse or Lactation Consultant, Speech and Language Therapist, Plastic Surgeon, Audiologist, Otologist; ENT Surgeon, Paediatric Dentist, Orthodontist, Maxillo-Facial Surgeon, Clinical Geneticist, Psychologist – Counsellor.

Contact Details

Email: info@cleftfriends.co.za
Phone: (082) 393 1206

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