The California Birth Defects Monitoring Program (CBDMP) is a public health program devoted to finding causes of birth defects. To this end the Program:

In 1982 the Legislature and Governor established the Program. Since that time, CBDMP has become one of the most successful birth defects research programs in the world and is widely regarded as a model for other states. In 1997 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designated the Program as a Center for Excellence in Birth Defects Research.

Generating Quality Data for Research Studies

The Program routinely collects data in 11 counties that produce 270,000 birthsmore than half the state's births each year. Registry data reflects California's geographical, environmental, and racial/ethnic diversity. Because of its size and diversity, the registry has the nation's largest data sets on Hispanics, Asian subgroups, and specific birth defects.

Registry data:

Because California collects birth defects data among a large and diverse birth population, registry statistics are widely used by researchers and health professionals throughout the world. Extensive procedures ensure all information that might identify children or their families is kept confidential.

Investigating the Causes of Birth Defects

A scientific team of epidemiologists, geneticists and pediatricians generate and test ideas about birth defects causes. Several investigative methods are used:

Research findings are published in medical and scientific journals.

Communicating Important Information to the Public

Part of the Program's mission is to use registry and research findings to advance public health. To this end CBDMP: