“The only national caregiver awards program in Canada, the Canada Cares Awards are in their exciting fourth year. They are supported by the Canadian Caregiver Coalition and given out at the annual Canadian Homecare Association Conference. With close to a thousand nominations over the past few years, these prestigious awards recognize both family and professional… Read More


Evan was born September 4, 2007 with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. He had his first surgery when he was only 4 hours old to close the holes in his back. He had his second surgery when he was 10 days old to have his VP shunt put in to help drain the spinal fluid that was… Read More


Frequently Asked Questions RE: Donations   Q – Where do I send my donation? A – Cheques can be mailed to SBHAC 472 – 167 Lombard Ave. Winnipeg, Manitoba  R3B 0T6 Q – Can I donate over the phone? A – Yes – If you have a valid Mastercard or Visa, and would like to… Read More


Never heard of NPH? Well, you’re not alone. NPH, or Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus, is not a widely known medical condition and is sometimes identified as “old age problems,” or as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s. Yet over 375,000 Americans may be living with the disorder. It’s a condition where cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) – a clear fluid that… Read More


The current and past winners of the Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Canada bursary are: Emma S. from Calgary, Alberta Paige G. from Kamloops, British Columbia. Morgan C. from Edmonton, Alberta. Matthew V. from Sherwood Park, Alberta. Hannah R. from Prince Rupert, British Columbia. Bradley R. from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Katie W. from Surrey,… Read More


Latex is a natural product made from the milky sap of the rubber tree (Heavea Brasillienus). Its durability, flexibility and low manufacturing costs has made latex a popular material. A latex allergy is a reaction to products made from natural rubber latex. the reactive is proteins originating from the rubber tree and present in products… Read More


People born with spina bifida frequently also have hydrocephalus, however an individual may have hydrocephalus without having spina bifida. Hydrocephalus is a condition in which normal cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) circulation patterns are interrupted. The two most common causes of this are accidents and birth defects; however hydrocephalus can also occur as a result of brain… Read More


As the number one disabling birth defect in Canada, spina bifida affects one out of every 1200 children born. It is classified as a neural tube defect (NTD) and occurs during the first four weeks of pregnancy. Spina bifida is the incomplete development of the nervous system and spinal cord, and results in varying degrees… Read More


It's never too late

Folic acid, also known as folate or folacin, is a B vitamin that is essential for the healthy development of a baby’s spine, brain and skull during the early weeks of pregnancy. Folic acid has been proven to help reduce the risk of neural tube defects (NTDs) by more than 70% if taken before pregnancy.… Read More