CMV Prevention Tool Kit

Free Tool Kit Teaches CMV Prevention, Table Setting. Includes Coloring Placemats/Video

Childcare workers and mothers of toddlers are at greater risk for contracting #1 viral cause of birth defects, congenital cytomegalovirus...

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Lisa Saunders and her books and videos created to prevent congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV)

My daughter, Elizabeth, was born in 1989 severely disabled by congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV). I didn't know I was putting my pregnancy at risk by working in daycare and kissing my toddler around the mouth and sharing food and cups with her.

Elizabeth's life for 16 years, along with CMV prevention tips, is told through photographs in this short video set to a song about a child who can't speak, "Voice for Sam," by Debra Lynn Alt, former lead singer of Rolling Stone magazine's band. (Click here to view it.)

Although I ran a licensed daycare center in my home, nowhere in the licensing literature was I warned about CMV and the extra precautions a women of childbearing age should take. I hope that changes soon as daycare workers are still largely unaware they are at greater risk for contracting this disease.
I am the parent representative of the Congenital Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Foundation and author of several books, including, "Anything But a Dog! The perfect pet for a girl with congenital CMV," which is currently being translated into Japanese by an organization raising awareness in Japan (click the following to watch me read an excerpt of Anything But a Dog! on YouTube).
In 2015, Connecticut (where I live) became one of the few states in the U.S. to pass congenital CMV legislation (my work with legislators was featured in this News 8 segment and in Cornell’s Alumni Magazine ). I continue to write books containing CMV prevention education such as "Once Upon a Placemat: A Table Setting Tale" to remind families to refrain from sharing cups and utensils. I created free, downloadable placemats featuring my placemat characters and CMV prevention (which includes space for organizations to include their own logo before printing) along with a video introducing the characters and why moms shouldn't share cups and utensils with their children.
My Elizabeth died at the age of 16 during a seizure. I published my father's fairytale about losing a child, Surviving Loss: The Woodcutter's Tale, and include CMV prevention in that as well.

Please let me know how we can  help each other raise awareness.

Lisa Saunders

PO Box 389, Mystic, Connecticut 06355

Lisa's books:
Watch: The Lisa Saunders Show
Japanese news coverage about translating book, "Anything But a Dog! The perfect pet for a girl with congenital CMV," by Lisa Saunders into Japanese to teach Japanese families how to prevent disabilities cause by congenital CMV.