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Every 4 and a Half Minutes a Baby in the U.S. is Born with a Birth Defect

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Birth defects are common—they affect one in 33 babies born in the U.S. every year. That’s about 120,000 babies diagnosed with a birth defect before their first birthday. Birth defects are mild or severe structural changes that can affect almost any part of a baby. The health of a baby with a birth defect depends mostly on which organ or body part is involved and how much it’s affected.