January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month

In the United States, a baby is born with a birth defect every 4 ½ minutes. Some infections before and during pregnancy can hurt both mothers and their babies. Healthy behaviors can prevent infections and protect babies. These include properly preparing food, talking about sexually transmitted diseases, ensuring adequate vaccination, protecting against animals and insects known to carry diseases, and maintaining good hygiene. Learn more at www.nbdpn.org.