Birth Defects Directory
About 3% of U.S. babies -- around 120,000 newborns per year -- are born with any of 45 types of birth defects. Some birth defects have only a mild impact on a child's life, while others can be devastating, and even life-threatening. Many birth defects can be identified during pregnancy with prenatal testing. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about birth defects, what causes them, how they can be prevented, and much more.
Congenital Heart Defects: When to Call a Doctor
Learn the symptoms of a congenital heart defect. Recognize the warning signs and know when to call your doctor.
What to Know If Your Baby Needs Congenital Heart Defect Surgery
What should you know if your baby needs congenital heart surgery?
Pregnancy and Chorionic Villus Sampling
WebMD explains chorionic villus sampling (CVS), a prenatal test that helps detect birth defects, genetic diseases, and other problems early in a pregnancy.
Tetralogy of Fallot
Tetralogy of Fallot, a congenital heart defect, can be mild or life-threatening. Learn about the symptoms and treatment of this condition.
Pediatric Palliative Care: Easing Your Child's Suffering
Bringing normalcy to families' lives is a goal of pediatric palliative care, also known as pediatric advanced care (PAC). Many families, however, resist palliative care because they think it's limited to end-of-life care.
Giving Baby a Chance, Before Birth
Fetal surgery for spina bifida is experimental, but doctors and parents hold out hope.
A User's Guide to Prenatal Tests
A Guide to Basic Tests