Welcome to my Spina Bifida Awareness pages. Spina Bifida first touched my life when my oldest daughter Rachel was born on June 19, 1989 with the type of Spina Bifida known as Myelomeningocele, the most serious type of the birth defect. As a result Rachel also has Hydrocephalus (more commonly known as water on the brain). She is a paraplegic and uses a wheelchair for ambulation. It has been quite a journey for our entire family with many ups and downs and I thought I'd share some of our journey with you.