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March 3, 2015

Birth defects are common, costly, and critical. All races and ethnicities are affected by birth defects. To increase global awareness of these conditions, March 3, 2015, marks the first ever World Birth Defects Day.

"Making Healthy Choices to Prevent Birth Defects - Make a PACT for Prevention"

Although not all birth defects can be prevented, steps can be taken to increase a women's chance of having a healthy baby. Please encourage all pregnant women and those who may beocme pregnant to:

Plan Ahead

  • Get as healthy as possible before becoming pregnant.
  • Get 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid every day.

Avoid Harmful substances

  • Avoid drinking alcohol and smoking.
  • Be careful with harmful exposures at work and home.

Choose a healthy lifestyle

  • Eat a healthy diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grain, low fat dairy, and lean proteins.
  • Be physically active.
  • Work to get medical conditions like diabetes or seizures under control.

Talk to your doctor

  • Get a medical checkup.
  • Discuss all medications, both prescription and over-the-counter.
  • Talk about your family history.

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Welcome to the Utah Birth Defect Network

The Utah Birth Defect Network (UBDN) seeks to prevent birth defects and secondary disabilities by monitoring occurrence, conducting research, providing education and outreach. We hope that the information on this Web site will meet your needs. If you need further information about birth defects or a referral to available services please contact us at 801-883-4661 or 1-866-818-7096.