“Our mission is to serve as a primary resource for information on (congenital) birth conditions in New Hampshire, and to promote use of this information for improved surveillance, research, health care service delivery, and prevention, including some critical health devices.”
How are New Hampshire families and communities affected?
About 500 New Hampshire babies are affected by one or more birth conditions each year.
How common are birth conditions?
About 1 of every 33 babies is affected by structural or chromosomal anomalies. Certain conditions, such as some heart defects, are quite common.
What is being done to find out more?
Many risk factors are unknown, but ongoing research has identified some ways to improve the health of our babies.
How can I help prevent birth conditions?
Conditions like spina bifida and cleft palate happen very early in pregnancy - often before a woman even knows she is pregnant.