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Child Life On Call: Parents of children with an illness or medical condition share their stories with a child life specialist

Feb 21, 2024

What if we could prevent more kids from having to have invasive surgery? During this episode, we are joined by Katie Corrado, who invented a product that works as an alternative to surgery for babies and children. Tune in to hear how her first-hand experience of watching her child struggle with an umbilical hernia led her to an innovative solution that she now offers to other families facing the same challenge. You’ll also learn why Katie is an advocate for proactive rather than reactive medical solutions and how her passion for connecting with kids led her to work as a Physical Therapist rather than a Paediatrician. Join us today to hear all this and more. 

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Key Highlights:


  • The Penn State Dance-Off Fundraiser and all the connections it facilitates.

  • Katie’s journey to becoming a Doctor of Physical Therapy with a Board Certification in Pediatrics.

  • The story of an out-of-the-box solution that Katie developed to resolve her son’s umbilical hernia, now known and sold as The Navel Cradle. 

  • Differentiating between reactive and proactive medical care and testing non-invasive solutions.




“The resiliency of children is just unmatched and it is amazing to be a part of that.” — Katie Corrado [0:11:50]


“The idea that the best advice to me was to do nothing [about my son’s hernia] was awful. I felt so helpless.” — Katie Corrado [0:24:46]


“Just because there isn’t a treatment for something yet doesn’t mean that there’s never going to be one.” — Katie Corrado [0:27:41]


Resources Mentioned:


Kate Corrado’s LinkedIn:

The Navel Cradle:

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Meet the host: 

Katie Taylor is the co-founder and CEO of Child Life On Call, a digital platform designed to provide parents, kids, and the care team with access to child life services tools and resources. She is a certified child life specialist with over 13 years of experience working in various pediatric healthcare settings. Katie is the author of the children's book, and has presented on the topics of child life and entrepreneurship, psychosocial care in the hospital, and supporting caregivers in the NICU setting both nationally and internationally. She is also the host of the Child Life On Call Podcast which features interviews with parents discussing their experiences throughout their child's medical journey. The podcast emphasizes the crucial role of child life services in enabling caregivers both at and beyond the bedside.