Twitter chat alert! World Birth Defects Day


March 3rd is World Birth Defect Day, a global event to create awareness about birth defects.

Birth defects are health conditions that are present at birth. They can cause serious problems in your baby’s overall health, how his body develops and how his body works. Every year, about 8 million babies around the world are born with a birth defect. In the United States, that’s about 1 in 33 babies. Many babies with birth defects die, while others have lifelong health problems.


Join us on Friday, March 1 at 11:00 a.m. EST for a bilingual Twitter chat and lend your voice to this important cause. This year’s theme is “Many birth defects, one voice.” March of Dimes will be hosting this important discussion with many organizations from all around the world, like:

  • International Clearinghouse for Birth Defects Surveillance and Research
  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention
  • MotherToBaby
  • World Health Organization
  • National Birth Defects Prevention Network
  • Teratology Society
  • Center for Spina Bifida Prevention
  • Teratology Society
  • Spanish Collaborative Study of Congenital Malformations
  • Food Fortification Initiative

Use the hashtags #WorldBDday and #ManyBirthDefects1Voice to find the conversation and to participate. You can help families in your community and across the world by creating awareness of the threats facing moms and babies.