“A Mom with Cleft Lip Child”

cleft lip is an opening or split in the upper lip that occurs when developing facial structures in an unborn baby. Cleft lip may be unilateral or bilateral. It has a lot of reasons why this situation occurs. The most common reason is genetic

My son was born with a cleft lip. It was really hard for me to accept at first but when I saw my son for the first time, my heartfelt like I have the best treasure in life. My mind was full of emotions. I don’t know where to begin or where to get help for my son’s condition. Luckily that month when I gave birth to my child, it is the same month where I met the nurse of an organization who is giving a “free” operation for people who have cleft lip and cleft palate. And I am very lucky because they are approachable. They are the ones who always call me to check on my son. We waited for about four months before my son undergo the operation. July 2017 was the first operation of my son. Everything went well and perfect. Thanks to the doctors and nurses who never got tired of helping us. After the operation was the hardest part of me being his mother. I am not allowed to breastfeed him because of his surgery. It took a month before his lips heal. I experienced a whole month of almost sleepless nights. Worried because his hands might touch the wound. Thanks be to God for helping me survive those trials. I never thought that I could. But luckily I did.

My son is now three years old and living like nothing happened to him. All thanks to God and my partner in life who never gave upon us. And my mom who never fails to make sure that everything is fine with me and her grandson.


Being a mother is the biggest role a woman can  handle. When You became a mother, You have to take all the responsibilities at home. Taking care of your children, doing household chores, making sure that everything is organized, and most of all if your husband has a job to sustain all the financial needs, You have to take care of him also. It requires a lot of patience and energy.

Motherhood is the hardest yet the happiest job of all.

Cachellene V. Salinas

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