Preventing Birth Defects
- Birth defects affect about one in every 33 babies born in the United States and account for more than 20% of all infant deaths (CDC) .
- Babies born with birth defects have a greater chance of illness and long term disability than babies without birth defects (CDC) .
- If a woman has enough folic acid in her body before she is pregnant, it can help prevent major birth defects of her baby's brain and spine (CDC) .
Task Force Recommendations and Findings
This table lists interventions reviewed by the Community Guide, with a summary of the Task Force finding (definitions of findings). Click on an underlined intervention title for a summary of the review.
|Community-Wide Campaigns to Promote the Use of Folic Acid Supplements||Recommended
|Interventions to Fortify Food Products with Folic Acid||Recommended
The findings and conclusions on this page are those of the Community Preventive Services Task Force and do not necessarily represent those of CDC. Task Force evidence-based recommendations are not mandates for compliance or spending. Instead, they provide information and options for decision makers and stakeholders to consider when determining which programs, services, and policies best meet the needs, preferences, available resources, and constraints of their constituents.
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