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National Birth Defects Prevention Month seeks to raise awareness of birth defects: Written by Tracy Stewart RN, BSN, Director of Obstetrical Services at MCH
January 24, 2014
Madison County Hospital is joining the National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN) to increase awareness of birth defects, the leading cause of infant mortality in the United States.
Every 4 ½ minutes, a baby is born with a birth defect in the
There are many different kinds of birth defects including congenital heart defects, cleft lip or palate, defects of the brain and spine, bones, muscles and internal organs, and a variety of genetic syndromes such as Down syndrome. Some have only a minor and brief effect on a baby’s health while others have life-threatening or lifelong effects, which can often be lessened by early detection and treatment.
More than 120,000 babies born with a birth defect (approximately 1 in every 33 live births) are reported each year in the
“Most people are unaware of how common, costly and critical birth defects are in the
Studies have demonstrated several important steps women can take to help prevent birth defects. Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant are advised to:
“Small steps like visiting your healthcare provider before and during pregnancy, having a diet rich in fruits and vegetables along with taking a multivitamin every day can go a long way,” says Dr. Martha Geib, Pediatrician at London Pediatrics.
MCH is participating in National Birth Defects Prevention Month by distributing information to women about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle before and during pregnancy. The
The NBDPN is working with healthcare professionals and public health agencies around the country to encourage prevention and awareness of birth defects among the more than 60 million women of childbearing age in the
“We are excited to be part of this national campaign," says Tracy Stewart RN, BSN, Director of Obstetrical Services at MCH. "Through our efforts across the country, we plan to reach millions of women and their families with vital prevention information."
To learn more, please contact the MCH OB department at 740-845-7272.