South Carolina Starts Birth Defects Program
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and the March of Dimes announce the launch of the South Carolina Birth Defects Program.
Birth defects affect 1 in every 33 babies born in the United States each year. They are the leading cause of infant death in South Carolina and a primary contributor to long-term disabilities. Major birth defects are found in 3 percent of live born infants, 15-20 percent of stillborn infants, and by age five years, 4-5 percent of children will be found to have major anomalies.