Birth Defects

What are birth defects?

A birth defect is a problem that happens while a baby is developing in the mother's body. Most birth defects happen during the first 3 months of pregnancy. One out of every 33 babies in the United States is born with a birth defect.

A birth defect may affect how the body looks, works, or both. Some birth defects like cleft lip or neural tube defects are structural problems that can be easy to see. Others, like heart disease, are found using special tests. Birth defects can range from mild to severe. How a birth defect affects a child's life depends mostly on which organ or body part is involved and how severe the defect is.

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  1. Birth Defects (National Library of Medicine)  
    What are birth defects? A birth defect is a problem that happens while a baby is developing in the mother's body. Most birth defects happen during the first ...
  2. Birth Defects (For Parents) (Nemours Foundation)  
    Birth Defects/Start Here ... Birth Defects ... Nemours Foundation ... Some birth defects are minor and cause no problems; others cause major disabilities. Learn about ...
  3. Facts about Birth Defects (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)  
    Birth defects are common, costly, and critical conditions that affect 1 in every 33 babies born in the ... Read more about what we have learned about birth defects and how women can improve their chances of ...
  4. ... during pregnancy can reduce the risk of certain birth defects. These include spina bifida, anencephaly , and some heart ... This is because many pregnancies are unplanned. Also, birth defects often occur in the early days before you ...
  5. When Your Baby Has a Birth Defect (Nemours Foundation)  
    If your child has a birth defect, you don't have to go it alone - many people and resources are available to help you. ... birth defects, general pediatrics, neonatology, prenatal care, prenatal tests, congenital defects, heart defects, spina bifida, Down syndrome, rubella, ...
  6. What Are the Types of Birth Defects? From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development)  
    There are two main categories of birth defects. Structural Birth Defects Structural birth defects are related to a problem with the structure of body parts. These can include:
  7. Birth Defects Research and Tracking (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)  
    ... opportunities and health improvements for those living with birth defects. ... CDC, birth defects, Down Syndrome, heart defects, pregnancy, preconception care, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, developmental disabilities, ...
  8. Birth Defects & Other Health Conditions (March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation)  
    ... pregnancy, pregnant, fetal alcohol syndrome, down syndrome, genetic, birth defects, spina bifida, folic acid, premature birth, genetic disorders, ... Birth defects are health conditions present at birth and can cause problems in how the body works. Abot ...
  9. Birth Defects Data and Statistics (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)  
    CDC works to identify causes of birth defects and opportunities to prevent them. By applying a public health approach incorporating three essential elements—surveillance or disease tracking, research to identify ...
  10. Diagnosis of Birth Defects (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)  
    Birth defects can be diagnosed during pregnancy or after the baby is born, depending on the specific type of birth defect. ... CDC, birth defects, Down Syndrome, heart defects, pregnancy, preconception care, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, developmental disabilities, ...
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