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Alcohol, Smoking and Other Drugs: Why Ten Fingers Plus Ten Toes Doesn’t Always Equal the Whole Story

Alcohol, Smoking and Other Drugs: Why Ten Fingers Plus Ten Toes Doesn’t Always Equal the Whole Story

By Lauren Kozlowski, MSW, MPH, MotherToBaby Georgia   Carly called and I could hear the stress in her voice immediately. She had been s ...
What’s best for you is also best for your baby

What’s best for you is also best for your baby

Each year in the United States, about 1 in 33 babies is born with a birth defect. Birth defects are health conditions that are present at birth. T ...
Cleft lip and cleft palate: causes and prevention

Cleft lip and cleft palate: causes and prevention

Cleft lip and cleft palate happen when a baby’s lip or mouth doesn’t form completely during pregnancy. Cleft lip is an opening in a baby’s upper l ...
Smoking increases the chance of premature birth

Smoking increases the chance of premature birth

Although many people know that smoking during pregnancy can cause problems, 10% of pregnant women reported smoking during the last 3 months of pregnan ...
What is an ectopic pregnancy?

What is an ectopic pregnancy?

An ectopic pregnancy occurs when an embryo grows in the wrong place. Ectopic means “out of place.” Approximately 1 in 50 pregnancies in the US is ecto ...
Keeping breast milk safe

Keeping breast milk safe

There are a few things you need to take into consideration if you are breastfeeding or pumping your breast milk, in addition to avoiding alcohol whil ...
Why can’t I get pregnant?

Why can’t I get pregnant?

One of the most common questions we get in the Pregnancy and Newborn Health Education Center is about conception. Women want to know when they will ge ...

World BD day gets word out globally

The twitter-sphere was all aglow yesterday for the first-ever World Birth Defects Day. In fact, 6,154,146 people were reached worldwide! Yup. It’s not ...
Birth Defects: What have we learned?

Birth Defects: What have we learned?

Special thanks to Coleen Boyle, PhD, MSHyg, Director, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Centers for Disease Control and ...

Cleft and craniofacial awareness and prevention month

July is cleft and craniofacial awareness and prevention month. Craniofacial abnormalities are  defects of the head (cranio) and face (facial) that are ...