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Saint John's Hospital & Health Center
Cleft Palate Center
1328 Twenty-second Street
Santa Monica CA 90404

Reviewed by: Joanne Green

When a child is born with a cleft condition, a family can often feel overwhelmed. Much information must be matriculated quickly so that many of the baby's needs can begin to be met.

This videotape begins from the point of view of the new parents. At first, I was a little uncomfortable with the candid negativity of the families as they expressed their earliest responses to the baby and the cleft. However, I do believe that the experiences shared on this tape are common to most families in the beginning.

As the videotape continues, we are introduced to a number of medical professionals, including a pediatrician, a plastic surgeon, a social worker, and many more, all of which explain the cleft condition and the expected experiences of the family from their unique perspectives. We return to the earlier family, as well as others, post-operatively, and see how they have adjusted and how the babies have thrived. At the end of the tape we see several cleft-repaired toddlers who, by their own beauty and innocence, convey a message to the new family that all is not lost, simply because their child was born with a cleft.

This videotape is clear and understandable and speaks to the immediate, as well as the long-term needs of the family. It is a good tape to have on hand when meeting with a new family.

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