Every 4 ½ minutes a baby is born with birth defects in the United States. Heart defects, Down syndrome, and cleft lip/palate are the most common birth defects. Fortunately, there are simple ways to lower your risk of these abnormalities. Keep these tips in mind if you are pregnant, planning for pregnancy, or know someone who falls under either category:
Birth defects make it more difficult for your baby to be healthy in the long run and can put your baby at a higher risk of death during her first year. Don’t hesitate to find help or ask questions. You can dial 2-1-1 Help Me Grow or text 302-231-1463 to get professional help.