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Promoting Good Health Habits May Prevent Birth Defects

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Birth Defects Prevention

The Indiana State Department of Health and the National Birth Defects Prevention Network are working to raise awareness of the importance of good health for women even before they become pregnant. This year's theme is "Good Health Habits for a Lifetime".

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Through the Indiana Birth Defects and Problems Registry (IBDPR), the State Department of Health (ISDH) is working to reduce the number of children born with birth defects. The Registry helps to identify conditions early to reduce their effects and maximize the quality of life for infants and their families.

"We know that it is important for women to be in good health even before they become pregnant," said Judith Ganser, M.D., director, Maternal and Children