Birth Defects and the Fight to Prevent Them
Women need to make good lifestyle choices when it comes to sexual partners and preventing
unwanted pregnancies so that pregnancies can be planned, ensuring that there is the ability to make preparations
for a healthy conception and pregnancy.
There is much that can be done to help prevent birth defects. No one likes to see babies suffer or die from
birth defects that could have been prevented.
Education is one key to helping moms prepare before becoming pregnant and also to do what ever is necessary
during pregnancy to have a healthy baby.
There are many books, Websites and organizations available to help moms and moms-to-be to prepare for a healthy
baby free of birth defects. Another key to fighting birth defects is proper prenatal care, this means providing
medical care for all pregnant women and providing the means to receive proper nutrition during pregnancy and during
Education begins with young girls and teaching them about sexual diseases that could affect their future
children. Women need to be educated about the need to have preconception planning appointments so that they can do
all they can to assure a healthy pregnancy and baby.
There are lifestyle choices that are made preconception and during the pregnancy that can have an affect on the
health of the baby including smoking, drinking alcohol, nutrition and hot tub usage.
Healthcare is the concern of all involved in the process including legislative bodies of our government those
who govern them and those who vote for issues concerning healthcare.
Those making decisions regarding healthcare issues like which policies to offer employees should take into
considerations the needs of women in their reproductive years and the unborn children that may be affected by their
decision to provide healthcare or not.
Women need to make good lifestyle choices when it comes to sexual partners and preventing unwanted pregnancies
so that pregnancies can be planned, ensuring that there is the ability to make preparations for a healthy
conception and pregnancy.
Protecting Your Baby-To-Be: Preventing Birth Defects in the First Trimester by Margie Profet
The Healthy Baby Book, A Parent's Guide to Preventing Birth Defects and Other Long-Term Medical Problems Before,
During and After Pregnancy by Carolyn Reuben
Preventing two of the most common and severe birth defect: An article from: Humpty Dumpty's Magazine by Cory
SerVaas (Digital - June 1, 2005)
Smoking and Pregnancy: The Politics of Fetal Protection by Laury Oaks
Preventing Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and other alcohol-related birth defects by Elizabeth Howard
Causes Birth DefectsIf you are at high risk (age, ethnic background or family history) seek genetic counseling.
Nutrition during pregnancy:
One way to prevent birth defects is to ensure that your baby has the proper building blocks for good fetal development.
The March of Dimes has a Website where viewers can find information about pregnancy, babies and prematurity
including how to reduce infant mortality and birth defects. The Website can be found at:
The National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities has a Website that can be found at:
Kidshealth.org also has a section of their site devoted to preventing birth defects. It can be found at:
The American Pregnancy Association also has birth defect prevention tips that can be found on:
There are many organizations set up to help educate and assist in the fight against birth defects. They are:
March of Dimes
ECLAMC (the Latin American Collaborative Study of Congenital Malformations)
IBIS (International Birth Defects Information System)
The International Clearinghouse for Birth Defects Monitoring Systems
World Alliance of Organizations for the Prevention of Birth Defects
FPBD (Families Preventing Birth Defects)