Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on January 18, 2013 @ 7:19PM
Created on January 18, 2013 @ 6:21PM
United Hospital Center's Doctor Matt Dunham joined 5 News for our Health Alert segment to continue our series on birth defects, as January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month. Not all birth defects can be prevented but a woman can increase her chance of having a healthy baby.
On this segment we will discuss:
How common are birth defects?
Two weeks ago we talked about why women should take folic acid during their teens and throughout their life. Remind us again why that's so important.
Birth defects are often diagnosed after the baby leaves the hospital. Why?
On the other hand can you explain how some birth defects can be diagnosed before birth?
Birth defects are often linked with genetics but there are other factors that can lead to birth defects. What are they?
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