World Birth Defects Day

March 3, 2016

More than 8 million babies worldwide are born each year with a serious birth defect. Birth defects are a leading cause of death in the first year of life, and babies who survive may be physically or mentally disabled, taking a costly toll on their families, communities and nations. 

The March of Dimes and over 50 other international organizations working for birth defects are joining World Birth Defects Day, observed every year on March 3, to raise awareness of this serious global problem and advocate for more, surveillance, prevention, care and research to help babies and children. We are urging the public, governments, non-governmental organizations, policymakers, researchers and health care providers around the world to help us work together toward a healthier future for children.

Birth defects affect all races and ethnicities. Everyone can get involved in raising awareness. Please observe World Birth Defects Day by participating in social media activities and share a story or picture about the impact of birth defects on you and your family. If you are a health care professional, speak about the steps women can take to help lower their risk of having a baby with a birth defect. 

Lend us your voice!

  • Join the buzzday on Twitter on March 3 — #WorldBDDay
  • Register to be a part of the Thunderclap — a message will be sent out at 9:00 a.m. EST on March 3 to help raise awareness

For more information, see the news release on this website. Resources, including a social media advocacy tool are available on the International Clearinghouse for Birth Defects website.