June is International Hip Dysplasia / Healthy Hips Awareness Month.
Aussie Mum Sarah Twomey, set up a national charity called Healthy Hips Australia to support mums of children with hip dysplasia and raise awareness for the condition, too.
At just 3-weeks of age, Sarah's first born, Eve was diagnosed with developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH). She spent 10 months, 23-hours a day, in a full body harness followed by a hip brace.
Just before her 1st birthday, Eve was allowed to go brace-free during the day. Eve turns four this month; she stopped bracing at two years of age but continues to require yearly reviews with an orthopaedic surgeon to monitor the development of her hips.
Also known as hip dysplasia, this common condition occurs when the ball and socket of the hip do not fit together in their 'normal' position. Sometimes this is due to abnormal development and/or lack of growth of the hip joint.
Sarah says: "I was bewildered when Eve’s two-month stint in a hip harness turned into a two-year ordeal”.
"Her younger sister’s journey with DDH was less stressful, but I became all too familiar with the need to assist hip dysplasia- affected families who are overwhelmed and uninformed about the condition" Sarah continues.
"Even as an occupational therapist, I found it hard to navigate the experience of DDH with my children. That inspired me to set up not-for-profit organisation Healthy Hips Australia, a national hip dysplasia health promotion charity."
To raise awareness for hip dysplasia and much-needed funds to further the support and awareness efforts of hip dysplasia in Melbourne, Sarah has organised a fundraising Morning Tea event with Pinky McKay on June 25, 2016 at the Ashburton Library, Ashburton.
Pinky will present her ever popular Baby Sleep seminar and Sarah will be discussing the risk factors and potential signs of hip dysplasia as well.
For more information about the fundraiser please visit: HERE
If you would like to read more about hip dysplasia or have been impacted by the condition please head over to www.healthyhipsaustralia.org.au for more information or to get in touch.