Birth Defects are Common, Costly, and Critical
Title: Birth Defects are Common, Costly, and Critical
Birth defects are common
Every 4 1/2 minutes, a baby is born with a birth defect in the United States. Birth defects affect 1 in every 33 babies born in the United States each year. That translates into about120,000 babies.
Birth defects are costly
Each year, total hospital costs for U.S. children and adults with birth defects exceed $2.6 billion, not including outpatient care or many provider charges.
Birth defects are critical
Birth defects cause 1 in every 5 deaths during the first year of life. Birth defects are critical conditions that can cause lifelong challenges.
Birth defects affect us all. What effect will you have on birth defects?
Learn more about birth defects: www.cdc.gov/birthdefects
- Page last reviewed: October 15, 2014
- Page last updated: October 15, 2014
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