February 16, 2018

March of Dimes will join nearly 100 organizations worldwide in observing the fourth annual World Birth Defects Day on Saturday, March 3. This annual event was created by March of Dimes and partners to raise awareness of the serious global problem of birth defects and to urge more research, prevention, and care for individuals and families.

An estimated 8 million babies around the world are born with a serious birth defect each year, taking a toll on families, communities and nations. “World Birth Defects Day is such an important event because it brings together people who care about better health for us all,” says Stacey D. Stewart, president of March of Dimes. “We know that when communities work together, even the toughest problems can be solved.”

March of Dimes advocates for policies that prioritize the health of moms and babies, and empowers women and families with the knowledge and tools they need to have healthier pregnancies.

Everyone can join in observing World Birth Defects Day 2018 by signing up for the Thunderclap at and joining the Buzz Day on Twitter on March 3, using hashtag #WorldBDDay. To learn more, including more ways to support World Birth Defects Day, go to