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Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate.

January is Birth Defects Prevention Month. “Birth defect” is the generic term used to describe health and other syndromes created in the development of the fetus while in the womb.

According to the March of Dimes, approximately 1 out of every 33 babies born in the United States have a birth defect. Birth Defects are responsible for over 20% of all infant deaths.

What are Birth Defects

The term “birth defects” is a way to describe a variety of structural changes in one or more parts of the body which are present at birth and can have serious or adverse effects on the health, development or functional ability of the baby, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”).

Moreover, children born with birth defects tend to have greater proclivity for long-term disabilities and illnesses throughout the duration of their lives.

Read more on Laurie’s article at LifeCycles in the Communities Digital News

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