Ivy Rose Spica Chairs got its start when my daughter was diagnosed with completely dislocated hips at birth. After weeks of being in a Pavlik harness, then a Rhino brace, she was scheduled for a closed reduction to try to set her hips back in place. Unfortunately, after 3 months of casting, we found out that one of her hips had slipped out, so she was scheduled for an open reduction.
After the experience of dealing with a child in a spica cast for three months, I became determined to create something that would allow her to sit up comfortably in her cast. I came up with a design that was not only extremely stable and gave her a surface to play with her toys, but that also allowed her to rock herself. It worked so well that I told the families in my hip dysplasia support group, and before I knew it I was making chairs for other families.
My daughter has been a big help every step of the way, first as my " chair test pilot", and now she helps make the chairs. It has been almost 17 years since I made my first chair, now there are thousands of Ivy Rose chairs all over the world! I feel blessed that I have been able to make a difference in other people's lives, one chair at a time.