National Birth Defects Prevention Month

Start: January 1-January 30, 2021

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month and is a nationwide effort to raise awareness of birth defects and the impact on families.

Birth defects can be diagnosed during pregnancy or after the baby is born. Birth defects occur when there are structural changes during the first three months of pregnancy affecting one or more parts of the body. About 1 in 33 babies (3%) are born in the United States is born with a birth defect. Birth defects are also the leading cause of infant deaths accounting for 20% of all infant deaths.

Types of birth defects include:

  • Anencephaly
  • Spina Bifida
  • Cleft Lip/Cleft Palate
  • Down Syndrome
  • Microcephaly
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Edwards Syndrome
  • Patau Syndrome

Resources

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer a digital toolkit and materials- Birth Defects COUNT Free Materials | CDC

You can join March of Dimes TwitterChatĀ  by following@Marchofdimes

Use the hashtags on your social media #nationalbirthdefectsprevention, #birthdefects

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