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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 Topics

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Prevention, causes and risk factors, and diagnosis.

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Steps during pregnancy to help prevent birth defects.

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What we’ve learned.

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Information about specific types of birth defects.

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Data and statistics highlights.

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