Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic

The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital takes a multidisciplinary team approach to evaluating and caring for children born with a cleft lip and/or palate. Our Cleft Lip and Palate clinic provides a convenient opportunity for comprehensive evaluation and treatment recommendations.

Our multidisciplinary team includes a geneticist, genetic counselor, plastic surgeon, oral surgeon, prosthodontist, orthodontist, pediatric dentist, otolaryngologist (ears, nose, and throat) nurse practitioner, speech pathologist, social worker, and clinic coordinator. This team of specialists works collaboratively with families to develop the best treatment plan for each child's condition.

What to Expect at the Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic

The Cleft Lip and Palate clinic is held once each month. The clinical team will talk with you, examine your child, and review the following:

  • Surgical needs
  • Dental care
  • Educational needs
  • Feeding strategies
  • Genetic counseling
  • Hearing and ear care
  • Medical and family history
  • Nutritional needs
  • Overall health
  • Physical development
  • Speech and language development

You can expect the appointment to last up to 3 hours to accommodate the number of specialists who will be seeing your child. 

Following each visit, we’ll provide an updated care plan for you and your child’s primary care physician. The clinic coordinator is a nurse practitioner who is available to answer questions by phone and assist with coordinating care between clinic visits.

Support Resources

American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) Family Services
ACPA Family Services provides education, personalized support, and resources for every stage of the cleft or craniofacial journey.

Phone number: 919-933-9044 or 1-800-242-5338
Email: info@acpa-cpf.org
Website: www.cleftline.org
Address: 1504 East Franklin St., Suite 102, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-2820


Facing Maine
Facing Maine connects, supports, builds awareness, and advocates for individuals, children, and families affected by cleft and craniofacial conditions living in Maine.

Phone number: 207-208-7670
Email: info@facingmaine.org
Website: www.facingmaine.org
Address: P.O. Box 514, Scarborough, ME 04074