World Birth Defects Day

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

WORLD BIRTH DEFECTS DAY

More than 10 million babies worldwide are born each year with a serious birth defect. Birth defects are a leading cause of death in the first year of life, and babies who survive may be physically or mentally disabled, taking a costly toll on their families, communities and nations.

The March of Dimes and more than 100 other international organizations are joining together for World Birth Defects Day, observed every year on March 3, to raise awareness of this serious global problem and advocate for more surveillance, prevention, care and research to help babies and children. We are urging the public, governments, non-governmental organizations, policymakers, researchers and health care providers around the world to help us work together toward a healthier future for children.

Birth defects affect all races and ethnicities. Everyone can get involved in raising awareness. Please observe World Birth Defects Day by participating in social media activities and share a story or picture about the impact of birth defects on you and your family. If you are a health care professional, speak about the steps women can take to help lower their risk of having a baby with a birth defect.

Birth Defects Prevention Awareness Month

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

Each January the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (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.