With the continued growth of the MUMS database, more and more families are using MUMS to connect with others who understand what they are going through. As a result, light is being shed on even the rarest of conditions. Parents are not only able to provide one another with support and encouragement, but they can also share important medical information such as names of doctors, healthcare facilities and new medical breakthroughs.
MUMS National Parent-to-Parent Network also acts as a resource for finding support groups in your area. Many dedicated parent members are very knowledgeable about their children's disabilities and may be able to provide information to new parents in the same situation. If you find there is no support group in your area yet, there are resources available through MUMs to help you start your own. The organization may not be able to connect you with others in your area going through the exact same thing, but it can usually put you in contact with local people who are going through something similar.
Another benefit of MUMS National Parent-to-Parent Network is the quarterly newsletter it publishes. An annual subscription costs $15 for parents -- a fee that can be waived if you can't afford it -- and $25 for professionals [source: NHIC]. The newsletter allows families to share their stories on a larger scale and highlights some of the biggest issues affecting families with children who have a disability or disorder.
If you have a child with a disability or disorder, MUMS National Parent-to-Parent Network may be able to give you some peace of mind. For even more information on the MUMS network and database, check out the links on the next page.