Tag: CMV Awareness

Emmett’s Story

Emmett was born in January 2018 at 40 weeks after a relatively uncomplicated pregnancy. His hearing was tested within the first 24 hours, and while his right ear passed, he got a ‘refer’ result for his left ear. Otherwise, he was perfectly healthy.  We were told it’s normal to get a ‘refer’ during the infant hearing screening, particularly with C-section babies, and were advised to follow up a month later.   At one month old, Emmett again got a ‘refer’ in… Read more »

Ontario’s Universal CMV Screening Program – Interview with Dr. Jason Brophy

July 21, 2020 – Dr. Brophy is a Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist with the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and the University of Ottawa, and a member of CMV Canada’s medical advisory committee. Rob and Jason chatted about Ontario’s Universal CMV Screening Program, the impacts of COVID-19 and the upcoming CMV Public Health and Policy Conference and webinar series.

Hannah’s Story

Hannah was born May 15, 2010.  It started off as a normal pregnancy. I was showing to be a lot smaller than I was with my first, which pushed my OB to order a few extra ultrasounds. These ultrasounds showed that our child’s head was small for her age. They said maybe it was normal, maybe it was this or that, but not to be too alarmed at 36 weeks. I ended up going for an ultrasound one early morning in… Read more »

CMV Parent Advocacy – with Lisa and T.J. Robinson

June 23, 2020 – Congenital CMV was a completely unknown risk to Lisa & T.J. Robinson before they received the shocking diagnosis of severe fetal infection at 23 weeks into their second pregnancy. Because of early detection and access to excellent care and treatment options, their daughter, Georgia, was born much stronger than doctors predicted. Since experiencing their own journey with cCMV, the Robinsons have become determined to advocate for greater awareness, prevention, detection and management of cCMV. They are… Read more »

Maeve’s Story

On August 15, 2018, our family welcomed Maeve to the world. I was induced at just over 41 weeks. It was an uncomplicated pregnancy and a smooth labour that had our sweet daughter in our arms just a few hours after being induced. As part of the normal newborn screening program in Ontario, Maeve had her hearing screening the morning after she was born. Our province provides universal newborn hearing screening to detect newborn babies with any potential permanent hearing… Read more »

Grace’s Story

After a mostly uneventful pregnancy, Grace came rushing into the world in the middle of the night in late November, 2012 at 38.5 weeks. She was tiny, but she had this full head of black hair which surprised us all! The “mostly” uneventful pregnancy included one hiccup – at Grace’s 20-week scan, she had a slightly enlarged kidney and an echogenic bowel. The OB said these were not things to worry about, and an ultrasound would be performed on Grace… Read more »

National CMV Foundation – Interview with Kristen Spytek, President and Co-Founder

June 9, 2020 – We had the great pleasure of speaking with Kristen Hutchinson Spytek, President & Co-Founder of National CMV Foundation about their history, CMV Awareness Month, advocacy and screening. Make sure to follow @nationalcmv on social media and visit www.nationalcmv.org to find out more about the incredible work they are doing in the U.S.!

Logan’s Story

My wife and I decided to have kids after being together for roughly 7 years. We had some difficulty getting pregnant, but after working with doctors, in 2013, Shauna and I were finally expecting. While Shauna did miscarry in 2013, we were able to get pregnant again soon thereafter. The funny thing is – even after the difficulties we had getting pregnant, we were both naïve thinking that once we were pregnant, everything would be fine and we would have a… Read more »

Ava Lynn’s Story

We found out that we were expecting a baby in January of 2016. Our due date was for September 2016. We were so excited! My pregnancy was going very well. I was hungry. Tired. Grumpy. But embracing my cute baby bump.  On April 18, we went for our 20-week anatomy scan. To be honest, I wasn’t even concerned about not having a healthy baby. Everyone around me always had healthy babies. During the ultrasound, they found something and said they… Read more »