National Birth Defects Prevention Month

NBDPN Education and Outreach Committee has developed materials and resources to assist state program staff and others interested in promoting birth defects prevention during 'January is Birth Defects Prevention Month'.
Building on the theme from last year, “Every 4 ½ minutes a baby is born with a birth defect,” NBDPN’s goal for 2014 is to continue to increase awareness that birth defects are “Common, Costly and Critical” and to offer actionable steps that can be taken by professionals, community groups, and the public to prevent birth defects. 
The complete 2014 packet is available here.child, heart, CHD


Each year, the committee selects a theme to highlight a specific risk factor or defect. Previously used brochures and fact sheets are available to non-members for the preceding three years. All additional prior years are available to members as part of the file archive:

2013: Birth defects are common, costly, and critical.
2012: And the Beat Goes On...Looking to the Future for Healthy Hearts
2011: Medication Use Before, During, and After Pregnancy

Birth Defects Prevention Materials

  • 10 things you should know about birth defects (English, Spanish )
  • 5 things you should know about congenital heart defects (English/Spanish )
  • Birth Defects Prevention Pamphlet (English )
  • Birth Defects Prevention Pamphlet (Spanish )
  • Birth Defects Prevention Month Poster: January is BDPM (English/Spanish )
  • Birth Defects Prevention Month Poster: Now is the time (English/Spanish )
 Preconception Health
Infections and Immunizations
Healthy Lifestyle


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