National Birth Defects Prevention Month

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National Birth Defects Prevention Month – January

Please join Healthy Start, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) in recognizing January as National Birth Defects Prevention Month!

1 in every 33 babies is born with a birth defect. We want to help you reduce that risk. Learn more about prevention, detection, treatment and living with birth defects at

Each January the CDC raises awareness among women and families on actions they can take to help have a healthy baby. January is also a time to recognize people living with birth defects. Thanks to ongoing medical advances, children born with birth defects are living longer. These children and their families still need help. They often need specialized treatment, continued care, and strong social support to improve their overall quality of life.


What Can You Do? Help Spread the Word!

Additional Resources

The March of Dimes’ PeriStats website provides easy, free access to National Birth Defects Prevention Network data on major birth defects by state.