Birth Defects

Birth defects are often the result of genetic and environmental factors, but the causes of well over half of all Birth defects are currently unknown. Here you'll learn about the risks, treatment, and management of various Birth defects.

Overcoming Clubfoot: One Mom's Story

Yael Eckstein details her family's experience with clubfoot, from an in-utero diagnosis to post-birth treatment, and how the journey has helped her to stop worrying about the 'what ifs' in life, embrace every moment as a blessing, and see every experience as an opportunity for growth.

9 Birth Defects and Their Symptoms and Treatments

Here's a primer on nine of the most common birth defects: their prevalence, causes, symptoms, and treatment.

Zika Virus: Everything Pregnant Women Should Know

This mosquito-borne illness can threaten your unborn baby's health. Here's what you need to know about the Zika virus.

An Expectant Parent's Guide to Spina Bifida

If you've just been told that your pregnancy is affected by Spina Bifida, here's what you need to know about your pregnancy and your child's health.

Parents Who Were Told to 'Let This One Go' Share Inspiring Update About Thriving Baby

It's time more people knew about a birth defect called CDH, and that it's not a death sentence for your baby.

How Passing My Genetic Condition to My Kids Helped Me Love Myself

I'd dreaded the possibility that my kids would inherit my difference, but my love for them changed my perspective.

Zika News: The Virus Could Be Transmitted via Saliva

A new report suggests Zika can be contracted through oral sex and maybe even deep kissing.

CDC Issues New Zika Guidelines for Pregnant Women and Couples TTC

These guidelines are the first to address how long a couple should wait to TTC after exposure (or possible exposure) to the Zika virus.

Warning: Popular Pain and Anti-Anxiety Drug Linked to Birth Defects

The anti-anxiety and nerve pain prescription drug Lyrica increases the risk of birth defects, according to a new study.

New Zika Warning Cautions Pregnant Women to Avoid Certain Area of Texas

Just when we thought we were safe from Zika, it turns out local transmission is taking place in a new area of Texas.

Zika Virus: An Ob-Gyn Answers Our Questions

Zika: There's no avoiding the topic, especially if you're pregnant, or planning to become pregnant. Parents Editor-in-Chief Dana Points sat down with; Dr. Siobhan Dolan to talk about the virus.

Baby Care Basics: When a Baby Has a Birth Defect

If your baby has a birth defect, there are many organzations that can help you care for your bundle of joy. Learn more about how to cope emotionally and the resources that are available to you.

Baby Girl Who Wasn't Supposed to Survive Birth Turns 2 Weeks Old

Little Fiona is defying the odds after doctors told her parents the chances of her surviving more than a few hours were slim to none.

The Zika Virus: What Pregnant Women Need to Know Now

The CDC may soon advise pregnant women not to travel to places where transmission of the Zika virus has been detected.

Birth Control Pills Don't Cause Birth Defects, Study Says

Just stopped taking The Pill and TTC? No worries!

The Latest on Zika: The Good, the Bad, and the Future

There's some encouraging news about Zika on the horizon.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Linked to 428 Other Medical Conditions, Study Says

Need more evidence drinking during pregnancy is bad for baby? This ought to do it.

Wow! A Developing Fetus Could Heal Itself of Birth Defects

Abnormalities detected in early embryos are not a sure sign a baby will be born with a birth defect.

The Zika Virus: Breaking Down the Latest Developments

Here's the latest update on the Zika virus and what pregnant women can do to protect themselves.

Study Confirms Zika Virus Causes Brain Damage in Developing Babies

Zika does cause brain damage in developing babies, but not enough people know this or other key facts about the virus.