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Birth Defects Data Updated & Expanded

May 2016

The state-level data on birth defects from the National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN) has been updated to the most current data available. The NBDPN, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), collects and reports data on major birth defects from state birth defects surveillance systems. Birth defects are generally referred to as abnormalities of structure, function or metabolism (body chemistry) present at birth that result in physical or mental disabilities, or death.

Through a cooperative agreement with the CDC, NBDPN birth defects data for 2008-2012 are available on PeriStats. Data from 39 states are presented including the newly added states of Indiana, Missouri and Oregon. Prevalence rates for 50 conditions are displayed and are provided by maternal race/ethnicity. Chromosomal defects (Trisomy 13, 18 and 21) and gastroschisis are also provided stratified by maternal age, a known risk factor for these defects. Most prevalence rates are reported as a prevalence per 10,000 live births.

For more information and to view the current Annual Congenital Malformations Surveillance Report, visit the NBDPN website.