About 8 million babies around the world are born with a serious birth defect every year. In the United States, it’s about 1 in 33 babies. Birth defects are health conditions that are present at birth. They can cause problems in overall health, how the body develops or how the body functions. Birth defects are a major cause of child mortality, and those who survive, may face a lifetime of disability.
There are thousands of different birth defects. Some of the most common birth defects are heart defects, neural tube defects and Down syndrome. We don’t know the cause of all birth defects. Some may be caused by the genes you inherit from your parents. Others may be caused by things in your environment, such as exposure to harmful chemicals. Some may be due to a combination of genes and the environment. For most birth defects, the cause is unknown.
March 3rd is World Birth Defects Day
While not all birth defects can be prevented, there are things you can do to help you have a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby. Everyone can get involved in raising awareness about things that can be done to help prevent birth defects. That’s why on March 3rd, World Birth Defects Day, March of Dimes will come together with key partners for a bilingual global Twitter chat to create awareness about birth defects.
Join us on Tuesday, March 3rd 2020 at 11:00 a.m. EST, 17:00 CET and lend your voice to this important cause. Use the hashtags #WorldBDday and #ManyBirthDefects1Voice to find the conversation and follow @modhealthtalk to participate. You can help families in your community and across the world by creating awareness of the threats facing moms and babies.