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 more than 150 other international organizations are joining together for 2019 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 2019 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.

Let’s use our collective voice!

  • Join @modhealthtalk and @nacersano for the Global Twitter chat for World Birth Defects Day on Friday, March 1, 2019 at 11:00 AM Eastern time/5:00 PM Central European time. This year’s theme is "Many birth defects, one voice." Read about it in the News Moms Need blog post. #WorldBDDay #ManyBirthDefects1Voice
  • Participate in the Buzzday on Sunday, March 3, 2019. Tweet, retweet, share your experiences, and comment.
  • Promote #WorldBDDay on your own blog or website.
  • Use your Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and other social media channels to promote and share information about World Birth Defects Day or birth defects in general.

For more information and resources, including a social media and advocacy toolkit with sample messages, visit the World Birth Defects Day website.