Brachial Plexus | Resources for Patients and Families

Support Services

The Brachial Plexus Center extends care beyond medical treatment to include support services. While a family’s primary concern is the treatment their child will receive, it is both important and comforting to know what to expect whether your child is here for an outpatient clinic appointment or if your child must stay at the hospital.

Transportation, Lodging, Directions and Interpreter Services

Families traveling to Cincinnati from outside the Cincinnati area can receive assistance with lodging, transportation, discounts offered by local attractions and other needs.

Learn more about the services available for out-of-town families.

Patient Care Across the Country

Children from all across the United States as well as other countries come to the Brachial Plexus Center for care from our team of experts. At each clinic, five specialists from different disciplines collaborate in a single location to develop fully integrated treatment recommendations.

The results speak for themselves: according to surveys, patient families report a 97 percent satisfaction rate with the care they receive at the Brachial Plexus Center.

Guest Services

Guest Services assists families traveling from outside the Cincinnati area in making travel and lodging arrangements when they bring a child to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center for care. Representatives provide information about a variety of services including hotels, rental cars and transportation to and within Cincinnati.

Of course, your first concern while in Cincinnati is the welfare of your child. There are times, however, when you may need to take a break. Guest Services can help families plan activities and take advantage of discounts offered to families by local businesses and organizations. Please contact a Guest Services representative for information about specific activities.

Interpreter Services

Cincinnati Children’s is proud to care for children from all over the world. If your family needs help with translation, call Interpreter Services at 513-636-5009 or 1-800-344-2462, ext. 6-1444.

Ronald McDonald House

For more information about the Ronald McDonald House, contact Jennifer Goodin, executive director of the Ronald McDonald House of Cincinnati, 513-636-7642 or jlgoodin@fuse.net.

Brachial Plexus Family-to-Family Support

One of the most meaningful sources of support can be another family who has experienced parenting a child with a brachial plexus injury. Connecting with another family can help you to feel more comfortable and optimistic about the future. That’s why we created the Family to Family Program.

Download a Brochure

Download a Family to Family program brochure

The Family-to-Family Program can help in many ways, including:

  • Connecting with another parent who’s facing similar challenges
  • Feeling more confident and empowered about caring for your child
  • Learning some practical, everyday tips from sharing your experiences with another parent
  • Improving your awareness of other support services that can help you and your family

No. The support parents are not medical professionals, so they will not be able provide you with  medical advice about your child’s condition. They will, however, be able to:

  • Share their story
  • Offer tips and suggestions for  day-to-day challenges 
  • Provide information about community and hospital resources
  • Offer emotional and problem-solving support
Once you sign up for the Family-to-Family Program, you will be matched with a parent. The support parent will contact you by phone to set up a time to talk. All contact with a support parent is by phone or email.

Related Resources at Cincinnati Children's

Other Web Resources

  • Plexus Nexus: The public education site was initiated in 2016 to bring together leading experts in Brachial Plexus Birth Injuries from around the world. The goal of the consortium is to share clinical and basic science expertise to try to find ways to prevent Brachial Plexus Birth Injuries and to fully cure injuries that do occur. Our first meeting, held at the Cincinnati Children's in 2017, included over 50 clinicians and scientists from around the world.
  • United Brachial Plexus Network: The network is a registered non-profit 501(c)3 organization devoted to providing information, support and leadership for families and those concerned with brachial plexus injuries worldwide. Resources include:  an extensive website,  an online registry, various outreach and awareness programs and Outreach, our in-depth publication.
  • National Institutes of Health: Brachial plexus information. 
  • Children with Medical Handicaps (CMH): The bureau is a healthcare program in the Ohio Department of Health (ODH).  BCMH links families of children with special healthcare needs to a network of quality providers and helps families obtain payment for the services their children need.
  • Download the CMH Medical Application 

Family Support

Brachial plexus family-to-family support program brochure.
Download a brochure for our Brachial Plexus Family to Family Program. Download