Birth Defects Prevention Month 2009


January is Birth Defects Prevention Month!

It is our pleasure to provide you with materials for Birth Defects Prevention Month 2009, which were developed by the Education and Outreach Committee of the National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN).

2009 Packet Materials:

Additional Materials :

Every year we select one area of focus in an effort to increase awareness of a topic and to spark prevention activity across the country. This year, we have chosen “Obesity Prevention and Weight Management – Before, During, and After Pregnancy”. Obesity has been identified as a leading public health concern in the United States.  Obesity can also be associated with birth defects such as heart, neural tube, and limb defects and an increased risk of pregnancy complications.

The purpose of this packet is to provide you and your colleagues with information about obesity and how excessive weight can affect pregnant women and their fetuses and to help you identify opportunities for prevention. Although obesity has been identified as a public health concern, emerging evidence is showing that the general public is unaware of the serious outcomes related to overweight and obese women who are planning a pregnancy or already pregnant.  Please take the time to look through this packet and become familiar with the materials. We hope you find them useful to the educational outreach and prevention activities that you conduct in your community.

We would like to know how you used these materials. Please remember to complete the evaluation form.

This packet was compiled by the Education and Outreach Committee of the NBDPN.  The NBDPN consists of individuals and organizations working at the local, state, and national levels in birth defects surveillance, research, and prevention. The materials in the packet are from a variety of sources. Those developed by the Education and Outreach Committee are available on the NBDPN website. Materials from CDC and March of Dimes can be obtained directly from them, many for free.

Questions about materials or about activities of the Committee can be directed to Mary Knapp at 609-292-5676, mary.knapp@doh.state.nj.us; or Cara Mai at (404) 498-3918, cwm7@cdc.gov. Thank you for helping promote birth defect prevention and awareness, especially during Birth Defects Prevention Month, January 2009.


Mary Knapp                                                                 LaShunda Williams
Education & Outreach Committee co-chair                   Education & Outreach Committee co-chair
New Jersey Department of Health & Senior Srvs.         Mississippi Department of Health


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