World Birth Defects Day

About 8 million babies worldwide are born each year with a serious birth defect. In many countries, birth defects are a leading cause of death among infants and young children. Those who survive may suffer lifelong physical or mental disabilities. These children need access to appropriate treatment and care to reach their full potential in life.

March of Dimes and close to 200 other organizations are joining together for 2020 World Birth Defects Day, observed every year on March 3, to raise awareness of this serious global problem and advocate for more birth defects prevention, surveillance, care, and research. We urge the public, governments, non-governmental organizations, policymakers, researchers and health care providers worldwide to help us work together toward a healthier future for children.

Many birth defects can be prevented. Learn about things women can do to help increase their chances of having a healthy, full-term pregnancy and a healthy baby.

Birth defects affect all races and ethnicities and all nations, but the toll is particularly high in low- and middle-resource countries. Everyone can get involved in raising awareness. Please observe 2020 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.

Join the World Birth Defects Day global Twitter chat. There are many types of birth defects, let’s talk in one voice about ways to help prevent them. #WorldBDDay #manybirthdefects1voice

March 3rd, 11:00 am EST, 17:00 CET

  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Center for Spina Bifida Prevention
  • Food Fortification Initiative
  • National Birth Defects Prevention Network