April 2020

Volunteer Spotlight: Patty Cutshall-Bailey

Meet our Community Alliance Chair from Montana, Patty Cutshall-Bailey. Patty is an Empowering Caregiver Coach offering personalized one-on-one coaching to help caregivers find joy and balance in their hectic lives.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in Management and HR Management in 2004, and a master’s degree in management with a concentration in Organizational Psychology and Development in 2007. Currently, she resides in Montana with her husband and four dogs and enjoys traveling to see her children and grandchildren. Aside from writing books and coaching, she enjoys running, camping, hiking, and reading.

Congenital CMV Evaluation and Treatment and the COVID-19 Pandemic

In efforts to help limit the spread of SARS-CoV2 and minimize the risk of COVID-19 to patients, providers and staff, many governing bodies are categorizing essential and non-essential clinical guidelines to help with prioritization and planning. While maintaining and adjusting safety procedures that work best for each institution, state agency, and community is paramount, neonatal cytomegalovirus (CMV) screening, evaluation and treatment should continue to be performed per routine institutional protocols and considered essential patient care.

Volunteer Spotlight: Karri Grecco

Meet Karri Grecco. Karri is a full-time mother of three from Bel Air, Maryland. Her decade+ experience in caring for a child with CMV and proximity to DC make Karri a terrific advocate for the community!

Quarantined with Toddlers? COVID-19 is not the only virus to be aware of

With most states under specific quarantine directives, many are staying home managing young children and their individual needs, loads of school work, a mountain of household tasks, professional career demands and the emotional or physical strain of caring for loved ones during this time of great uncertainty. While COVID-19 is top of mind, pregnant women should also practice CMV prevention tips to reduce the risk of transmission of the most infectious cause of birth defects in the United States.