Tuesday, January 11, 2011

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month

Birth defects affect approximately one in 33 newborns and are a leading cause of infant mortality in the United States. Congenital heart defects affect nearly 1% of all babies born in the US.

This year, National Birth Defects Prevention Month focuses on medication use before, during, and after pregnancy. This includes over-the-counter or prescription medications and herbal or dietary products, such as folic acid. Below you will find links that provide further information and materials to have a healthy pregnancy.

The Maine Birth Defects Program (MBDP) was established by law in 1999 and is designed to be a central source of information on the occurrence of birth defects in Maine. Check out these additional resources.

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