Friday, January 18 2013, 01:26 PM MST
National Birth Defect Awareness Month
(KUTV) January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month.
According to the National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN), 1 in every 33 babies born is born in the United States every year.
Birth defects are a leading cause of infant mortality. In 70% of cases, the cause of the birth defect is not known.
The theme for this year’s awareness campaign is “Birth defects are common, costly, and critical.” To watch the Birth Defects PSA, click here
There are education efforts to try and reduce the number of birth defects in the future. For example, pregnant women are encouraged to consume 400 micrograms of folic acid daily.
For more information, you can visit: www.endbirthdefects.org
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