About one in every 33 babies is born with a birth defect. Not all birth defects can be prevented. But a woman can take steps to increase her own chance of having a baby with the best health possible.
Birth Defects: What's New
Every 4.5 minutes, a baby is born with a birth defect. Major birth defects are conditions present at birth that cause structural changes in one or more parts of the body.
CDC has created buttons to help increase awareness of birth defects. You can help by posting a button to your website, blog, or social networking site (e.g., Facebook page).
Learn about the National Birth Defects Prevention Study (NBDPS) from families who have been affected by birth defects, researchers, and doctors.
- Page last reviewed: February 8, 2016
- Page last updated: February 8, 2016
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