January is Birth Defects Prevention Month, and Akron Children’s Hospital is spreading the word about how common birth defects are, the toll they can take on a child’s health and well-being, and how to prevent them. Facts Birth defects are conditions present at birth that may adversely affect an individual’s health by changing the body’s […]
Birth defects are common, costly and critical. Every 4½ minutes, a baby is born with a major birth defect in the United States. Become an active participant in National Birth Defects Prevention Month by joining the nationwide effort to raise awareness of birth defects, their causes and their impact. Infections during pregnancy can hurt both […]
Every third Saturday, new and expectant parents congregate at the South Arlington United Methodist Church in Akron. It looks like a big play date, but it’s actually part of a program designed to prevent birth defects, prematurity and infant mortality. The program is Stork’s Nest, where clients earn points for attending educational sessions on preconception, […]
While not all birth defects can be prevented, all women, including teens, can lower their risk of having a baby with a birth defect by following some basic health guidelines throughout their reproductive years.
An estimated 1 out of 33 babies born in the U.S. has a birth defect. And, while there’s still some mystery surrounding the causes of birth defects, women can take several steps to ensure the health of their babies, including taking folic acid and multivitamins, exercising and eating well, and updating their immunizations, to name […]