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.
| ||Every 4 1/2 minutes a baby is born with a birth defect in the United States.|
| ||During 2006-2008 (average), birth defects accounted for about 1 in 9 infant deaths in Pittsburgh.|
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National Center for Health Statistics, period linked birth/infant death data.
Annual number of birth defects based on estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Retrieved May 24, 2013, from www.marchofdimes.com/peristats.