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The Birth Deck: Q&A with Sara Lyon

Author: Kristen Spytek & Sara Lyon It’s OK to feel contradictory emotions simultaneously. Life is dualistic, it is dark and light at once, it is pain and beauty in the same instant. Having gratitude and anger in the same breath is normal and honoring that reality is extraordinary. When we encounter great challenges and allow ourselves to feel everything without judgement or resistance, we can thrive in the aftermath. 

The Ohio CMV Advocacy Project

In May, National CMV awarded the public health awareness mini grant pilot to The Ohio CMV Advocacy Project. We’d like to share their experience in hopes of inspiring others to begin advocating for CMV awareness, on behalf of and in partnership with National CMV, in their state.

Team Member Spotlight: Kristel Jacobson

Author: Kristel Jacobson Meet Kristel Jacobson. Kristel joined the National CMV team as Manager of Special Events in March 2018, and boy are we lucky to have her! Kristel's background and expertise in the non-profit space will help catapult our organization to better compete with other well-known, national, health-related groups!

Board Member Spotlight: Alyson Ward

Author: Alyson Ward Meet Alyson Ward. Alyson has served on National CMV's board since early 2016. She brings extensive experience and expertise in public health education and policy to our group, as well as a tenacity for community engagement through both her personal and professional endeavors.

Know About CMV

June is CMV Awareness Month, when the CMV community both in the U.S. and abroad comes together virtually to raise awareness about congenital CMV. Read more to learn how you can advocate for CMV awareness this June.

3 Ways to Support National CMV on #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses, and communities in all 50 states and in countries around the world. This year, #GivingTuesday falls on November 28. Join us by making a charitable gift as we work to #stopCMV.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving and holiday season!

To our parents, advocates, ambassadors, donors, and experts, thank you for your continued support in raising awareness and educating others about congenital CMV.

Meet the Founders: Kristen Hutchinson Spytek

Kristen is the current President of the National CMV Foundation. Read as she recounts her personal journey along with pertinent CMV information from her guest blog on MotherToBaby.org: "CMV. The Most Common Viral Infection Affecting Newborns That You've Never Heard About".

​Get Involved: 6 Ways to Support National CMV This June

June is National CMV Awareness Month. National CMV Awareness Month is a time to educate your community about congenital CMV. Spreading CMV awareness in medical practices, therapy centers, daycares and schools is a great way to celebrate June and promote prevention practices so we may eliminate congenital CMV for the next generation. 

How family and friends can support loved ones affected by CMV

​There is a very old saying that goes, "It takes a village to raise a child." When that child has special needs, this is especially true. Family and friends are a critical part of life when you have a child with CMV, but sometimes it's hard to know what to do. National CMV can help you learn more - about CMV, about the special needs each child might face, and about what your family member or friend might need most right now.