Birth Defects Prevention Month 2004
December 2003


The National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN) is pleased to provide you with the following resource materials for use during Birth Defects Prevention Month, January 2004. We hope you will find these materials helpful in providing information about birth defects to families, colleagues, policy makers and others during Birth Defects Prevention Month and throughout the year.

  • Birth defects pamphlet - English (PDF)
  • Birth defects pamphlet - Spanish (PDF)
  • Birth Defects Prevention Month poster (PDF)
  • NBDPN fact sheet (PDF)
  • Suggested activities (MS Word)
  • Resources on the Internet (MS Word)
  • News release (MS Word)
  • Sample letter to legislators (MS Word)
  • State-specific perinatal profiles from March of Dimes (MOD)
  • Congenital Heart Defects fact sheet from MOD
  • CHDs in Children fact sheet from American Heart Association (AHA)
  • Evaluation and Management Guidelines from AHA 
  • Fact sheets from the Texas BD Monitoring Division 

    We have chosen cardiac defects as the specific group of congenital conditions this year. Although many congenital heart defects have no known cause, we do know that maternal factors and exposures, specifically diabetes, obesity, and maternal rubella early in a pregnancy, may cause a heart defect in the fetus.

    Members of the Education & Outreach Committee of the NBDPN developed this packet. The NBDPN consists of individuals and organizations working at the local, state, and national levels in birth defects surveillance, research, and prevention. For more information about the NBDPN, visit our website at www.nbdpn.org. The materials in the packet are from a variety of sources. Ones developed by the Education & Outreach Committee are available on the NBDPN website. Materials from CDC, March of Dimes, and American Heart Association can be obtained directly from them; some for no charge. For additional copies of the video or DVD, please contact Amy Case. Our intent is that materials will be useful to you in promoting awareness of birth defects and birth defects prevention. We are also interested in knowing how you used the materials. Remember to complete the evaluation form (form - PDF or form - MS Word), which can be found on the left side of the packet.

    Questions about the materials or about activities of the Committee can be directed to Civillia Winslow Hill at (360) 236-3518, civillia.hill@doh.wa.gov, or Cara Mai at (770) 488-3550, cwm7@cdc.gov. We hope you find the information and materials useful as you join us in promoting your own campaigns for Birth Defects Prevention Month, January 2004.


    Rober Meyer, President, NBDPN
    Civillia Winslow Hill, Chair, Education and Outreach Committee

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