World Birth Defects Day

Each year, 3-6% babies are born worldwide with a serious birth defect. Birth defects are a leading cause of death in the first year of life, and babies who survive may suffer lifelong physical or mental disabilities. The March of Dimes has been a leader in raising birth defects awareness and promoting action for birth defects surveillance, prevention and care.  In 2015, March of Dimes joined 11 other international organizations to launch the first annual World Birth Defects Day in 2015.  It is now 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. Each year, hundreds of organizations formally participate in raising awareness on World Birth Defects Day reaching out to millions of individuals on social media. 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 using  #WorldBDDay to share your story and experiences.
  • 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 and resources, including a social media and advocacy toolkit, visit the World Birth Defects Day website.