Grey

On February 27th 2017 at 38 weeks pregnant my water broke and I went in for a c section. We had already scheduled a c section for 2 days before my due date because my daughter was in breech position so this wasn’t a shock for me.

What was a shock is when the pediatrician came in to my hospital room after he had done his routine exam on my daughter, and said “Your daughters hips are dislocated so I’ve called and scheduled you an appointment with a children’s hospital. There thay will place her in a pavlik harness that she’ll wear for 3 to 4 months.” And then walked out of the room. My heart was broken. Something was wrong with my baby.

But nothing seemed wrong with her, she was perfect. So at a week and 2 days old I took her to her appointment with the specialist hopeful that he would tell me nothing was wrong with my daughter and that her pediatrician had made a mistake.

Her Dr. Came in did an examination of her hips and said that there was a slight click and that sometimes it heals itself over the first couple of weeks after birth, and he wasn’t really worried about. But just to be sure he had scheduled an ultrasound the following week.

The next week I brought her to her ultrasound and watched the screen as the technician did her job. I could see that one hip was worse than the other and I knew it wasn’t good. We then made our way back to the specialist who looked at the imaging and made the decision to place her in a pavlik harness. His first assessment was that she needed to wear it for 6 weeks 24/7 and then an additional 6 weeks at bedtime. I was a complete mess, watching them place the harness on my baby and seeing her look so unnatural, I couldn’t help but cry.

The time frame changed after our latest visit and ultrasound. The images looked so much better and he said that both of her hips were healing nicely but he wanted her to continue wearing the harness full time other than taking it off to give her a bath, and then an additional 6 weeks at bedtime.

She has now been in the pavlik harness for 8 weeks, and though at first I was scared and heartbroken, I’ve found comfort in the harness, and knowing that it’s helping her. She is perfectly happy and healthy and wearing the harness has never seemed to bother her, for that I am grateful and I am so thankful for her Dr. Giving me hope and taking the time to fully explain what was going on, unlike her initial pediatrician. And for this website that is so full of information and helpful stories.




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  1. Morgan A says:

    Update!! Grey had an appointment with the specialist today, her doctor said they were hoping for the hips to be at least a 60° and that they are well over that and the joints are now closed over! She only has to wear the pavlik durring naps and bed time. I’m one happy mama! One step closer to healthy hips!!

  2. Linda Bleck says:

    I am so happy to hear things went well. I am one who has struggled with this condition as an adult so when I hear docs have helped a little one my heart warms. No one can ever know the pain this condition brings until they live it. Awareness, prevention, and treatment are key.

  3. Angie R says:

    I’ve been where you are, and I’m so glad the Pavlik has worked for her!!!

  4. Debbie says:

    I too have been where you are. My baby girl, now almost 19 years old was also born with Hip Dysplasia.
    She wasn’t diagnosed in the hospital, but at her 1 month check up, her doctor told us the devasting news. She wore the harness 23 hours a day for 4 months. After the harness went on she almost instantly calmed and never seemed to mind it. We treasured the 1 hour a day when she would be out of the harness for her bath. After 4 months, her hips were perfect!! She did have to follow up with her Ortho until she was totally cleared at 4 years old. She has been an athlete ever since. Running and trying every sport she could with no complications. Never showing any signs of Hip problems. Just recently she has complained about her hips, but she trains hard as a collegiate volleyball player, so always keep in mind, the fact that you daughter HAD dislocated hips at birth, but don’t let it hold her back. I am thankful for this foundation, and awareness about Hip Dysplasia. Everything is going to be OK!

  5. Sarah Ly says:

    It’s scary to think that sometimes we aren’t given all the information by medical professionals like the initial pediatrician. The way you described your feelings towards the process was really effective, I am glad that she is all better now.

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