Birth Defects Program Documents

The South Carolina Birth Defects Program began in July 2006 after the passage of the SC Birth Defects Act. This law mandates active surveillance of major birth defects identified before birth through age 2. South Carolina monitors over 50 birth defects recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Birth Defects Prevention Network.

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    2022 Report: Birth defects in South Carolina
    (2023-04-05) South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
    2022 SCBDP Vision: A South Carolina where healthy births are promoted, every birth defect counts, and families impacted by birth defects are supported. 2022 SCBDP Goal: To continue to support the 3 pillars of the SC Birth Defects Program: Prevention, Research, and Referrals.
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    Birth defects in South Carolina 
    (2019-06) South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
    The SC Birth Defects Program (SCBDP) is focused on birth defects prevention, research, and referrals. Birth defects are one of the top causes of infant death and sickness in South Carolina and in the United States. Babies born with a birth defect are more likely to face physical, academic, and social challenges than babies born without a birth defect. Many of these children need Early Intervention (BabyNet) services or surgeries within the first few years of life so that they can thrive.
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    Birth defects in South Carolina
    (South Carolina State Library, 2020-06) South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
    Many infants are born with more than one birth defect. The SC Birth Defects Act (Title 44-44-10) allows DHEC to address birth defects prevention, research, and referrals through the SC Birth Defects Program. Overall, birth defect rates are similar across racial and ethnic groups; however, disparities exist regarding some specific types of defects.
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    South Carolina birth defects program resource guide
    (South Carolina State Library, 2019-04) South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
    The South Carolina Birth Defects Program is required to monitor birth defects and refer families impacted by birth defects to services. This guidebook describes different birth defects and provides information and services for families impacted by birth defects.
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    Birth defects in South Carolina
    (South Carolina State Library, 2018-06) South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
    Many infants are born with more than one birth defect. From 2009 to 2015, the most recent years for which we have complete data, the South Carolina Birth Defects Program identified over 8,000 cases. Overall, birth defect rates are similar across racial and ethnic groups; however, disparities exist regarding some specific types of defects.