JANUARY 2014 is Birth Defects Prevention Month
"Birth Defects are common, costly, and critical."
Birth defects affect 1 in every 33 babies born in the United States, are a leading cause of infant mortality, and create $2.6 billion per year in hospital costs. Babies who survive and live with birth defects are at increased risk for developing many lifelong physical, cognitive, and social challenges. Medical care and support services only scrape the surface of the financial and emotional impact of living with birth defects.
The risk for many types of birth defects can be reduced through healthy lifestyle choices and medical interventions before and during pregnancy. Habits like drinking, smoking and use of drugs should be avoided. Awareness efforts offer hope for reducing the number of birth defects in the future. Please encourage all pregnant women and those who may become pregnant to follow prevention strategies found in these resources.
Resources are available through the Utah Birth Defect Network and the National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN). Please share these resources to help reach millions of women and decrease their risk for birth defects.
Letter for Utah Health Care Professionals
Birth Defect PSA created by Utah families
NBDPN Resources for 2014
Birth Defect Infographic
Folic Acid Awareness Week: January 5-11, 2014
Folic Acid Awareness Week calls attention to the importance of folic acid in preventing certain birth defects. The U.S. Public Health Service recommends that all women of childbearing age consume 400 micrograms (400mcg or .4mg) of folic acid every day to prevent up to 50-70% of neural tube defects.
Visit CDC's Folic Acid website for information and free materials on how folic acid can help prevent birth defects.
Download a fact sheet from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The National Birth Defects Prevention Network is promoting Folic Acid Awareness Week
Got a minute? It only takes a few seconds to help your clients lower the risk of Spina Bifida. Take a minute to learn how!
The Spina Bifida Association (SBA) is dedicated to enhancing the lives of those with Spina Bifida and those whose lives are touched by this challenging birth defect. Explore their website for additional information and resources.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders are 100% preventable. Play it smart! Alcohol and pregnancy don't mix.
FASD Center for Excellence at SAMHSA Information regarding FASD Diagnostic Centers in Utah, Community-Based Prevention & Intervention projects, interagency programs, policies, family support groups and the FASD Interagency & Task Force Strategic Plans.
Learn more and find resources for clients from the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS)
FASD information and free materials from the CDC FASD CDC fact sheet in English and Spanish and questions and answers about alcohol during pregnancy. Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) materials from the March of Dimes
Alcohol and Pregnancy fact sheet from 'Mother to Baby', a service of the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists.
Utah Birth Defect Network
Tips for Before and During Pregnancy
Tips for pregnant mothers in English and Spanish
Tips for breastfeeding mothers in English and Spanish
Health & Nutrition Information for Pregnant &Breastfeeding Women - Great for tracking healthy habits!
Past NBDPN Resources