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birth defects
the solution is research
discoveries and data
serving the public

The California Birth Defects Monitoring Program—established in 1982—recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. This milestone was occasion to reflect on progress towards our goal—preventing birth defects through research.

bullet The Problem: Too many babies are born with birth defects, and we’re just beginning to know why.
bullet The Promise: Research to find causes will lead the way to prevention.
bullet The Program: California’s unique system for studying birth defects is finding answers that will save lives.
bullet The Partnership: Jointly operated by the California Department of Health Services and the March of Dimes, we’re a model of the public and private sectors working together.
bullet The Payoff:
  bullet Recognized leadership in scientific discovery.
  bullet One of the world’s largest databanks on children with birth defects, with information on 4.6 million births.
  bullet Over 100 scientific studies, completed or in progress, including Interviews with 9,500 mothers.
  bullet 250+ publications in the medical and scientific literature.
  bullet State-of-the-art science for studying birth defects.



California’s mothers and babies thank Senator Diane Watson, whose foresight and advocacy led to legislation establishing California’s pioneering search for causes of birth defects, a public health problem about which too little is known.

(Presented to Senator Watson—author of the original legislation establishing the California Birth Defects Monitoring Program—on her retirement from the State Legislature in 1998.)
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