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It is estimated that approximately 200 babies are born with a birth defect each year in Maine.  Many of these babies will not live to see their first birthday.  In response to these staggering statistics, the Maine legislature enacted a law to establish the Maine Birth Defects Program (MBDP) within the Maine Health and Human Services Center for Disease Control and Prevention.  Maine is fortunate to have received funding through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to implement this program.

Our Mission:

Purple Splat Used as a Bullett To assess the full impact of birth defects on Maine children and their families
Purple Splat Used as a Bullett To improve access to specialty services for families and locate resources for emotional and economic support
Purple Splat Used as a Bullett To monitor trends related to the prevalence of selected birth defects in Maine.
Purple Splat Used as a Bullett To educate providers and the general public on prevention strategies to decrease the incidence of birth defects in Maine

The MBDP will maintain a central registry of cases identified with selected major birth defects.  The data collected will allow the MBDP to examine the causes of birth defects so we can work towards ways to prevent them.  The MBDP works closely with many programs within the Maine Health and Human Services Center for Disease Control and Prevention to provide information and assistance with referrals for services.

Preventing the recurrence of birth defects is equally important.  Of particular interest to the MBDP is a public awareness campaign about the importance of taking a daily multivitamin containing 0.4mg of folic acid may reduce a woman's risk (up to 70%) of having a baby born with a neural tube defect, such a Spina Bifida and anencephaly.

For more information please contact the Maine Birth Defects Program at (207) 287-8424 or toll free at (800) 698-3624 or TTY (207)287-8015.

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