World Birth Defects Day

World Birth Defects Day is March 3 and the National Birth Defect Prevention Network is a proud partner. We hope you’ll mark your calendar for all of the events scheduled for March 3 and support World Birth Defects Day by taking part! Here is the full rundown of the activities outlined by our partners at the International Clearinghouse on Birth Defects Surveillance and Research:
Download entire WBDD Toolkit: EnglishSpanish
World Birth Defects Day (WBDD) aims to use our collective voice in raising awareness for all birth defects and improve care and treatment (#ManyBirthDefects1Voice). This 2022 World Birth Defects Day Toolkit has been developed to help you with your awareness activities. 

LIVE EVENTS on March 3rd

#WORLDBDDAY Global Twitter Chat

On March 3rd at 11:00AM EST, 5:00PM CET, join us during the Twitter Chat as one voice to raise awareness about birth defects. Prepare responses and participate live or schedule tweets (script). Even if you cannot join live, please schedule a tweet during this time.  Use the hashtags #WorldBDday and #ManyBirthDefects1Voice to find the conversation and to participate.

Instagram Live event 

On March 3rd at 1:00PM EST, join @MotherToBabyOTIS during the Instagram Live event as one voice to raise awareness about birth defects. 

WBDD Resources

Consider sharing some of these resources on your social media channels:
Download in formats for Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.Image (illustration) gallery of selected birth defects

Birth defects matter across the globe! 

Let’s show our support for birth defects tracking, research and prevention!
1. Download and print the “Birth defects matter” sign;
2. Fill out your country in the blank line and then write why you care about birth defects prevention and research; and
3. Post a picture holding it including #WorldBDDay and #ManyBirthDefects1Voice.

Download the “Birth defects matter” sign. Instructions are available in English and Spanish (A4 sizeletter size).


In collaboration with Teratology Society, MotherToBaby, and The North American AED Pregnancy Registry, NBDPN would like to present this video for World Birth Defects Day. Every year, millions of babies around the world are born with a serious birth defect. In many countries, birth defects are one of the leading causes of death in babies and young children. The goal of World Birth Defects Day is to expand birth defects surveillance, prevention, care, and research worldwide.

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