March 3 World Birth Defects Day Schedule of Events, Including Facebook Live with Dr. Sonja Rasmussen, #WorldBDDay Twitter Chat, and Two Webinars

Picture2.pngWorld Birth Defects Day, which takes place every year on March 3 and is supported by 165 organizations worldwide, aims to use our collective voice to raise awareness for all birth defects and improve care and treatment.

The Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention is a proud partner in two of the events scheduled for that day - the Facebook Live Event featuring our Past President Sonja Rasmussen, MD, as well as the #WorldBDDay Twitter chat. In addition, our member, Al Romeo, RN, PhD, is part of a free webinar on lead exposure.

Below is the schedule of events on March 3. We hope you will mark your calendar and support World Birth Defects Day by participating! You can also get involved by posting on your social media accounts and using any of the following hashtags: #WorldBDDay #ManyBirthDefects1Voice #DiaMundialDefectosCongenitos #MuchosDefectos1Voz. If your organization is planning a special event for World Birth Defects Day, please let our partners at the International Clearinghouse on Birth Defects Surveillance and Research know by emailing

WBDD Toolkit

The 2021 World Birth Defects Day Toolkit is full of ideas and activities to help you raise awareness about birth defects. Download entire WBDD Toolkit: ENGLISHSPANISH


Let’s show our support for birth defects surveillance, research and prevention! 1. Download and print the “I care…” sign available (A4 sizeletter size); 2. Fill it out with why you care about birth defects prevention and research (include #WorldBDDay and #ManyBirthDefects1Voice); and 3. Post a picture holding it. For more info, go to

LIVE EVENTS on March 3rd

8:00 AM EST—WHO World Birth Defects Day Webinar via Zoom

All children have the right to a healthy start in life. Babies born with birth defects are particularly at risk of death and lifelong disability. Many birth defects can be prevented and treated. But, when a baby is born with a birth defect, receiving the right care as soon as possible gives them the best chance to life and helps them reach their maximum potential. There is a need for strengthening healthcare services to meet the needs of babies born with a birth defect, particularly in low-and-middle income countries of Asia and Africa, where the health care systems are the weakest, and the burden of birth defects is the highest. To promote quality of care and universal health coverage for children with birth defects, we must bring to light the human rights perspective and the need for advocacy.

With this webinar, we would like to commemorate World Birth Defects Day to raise awareness about #ManyBirthdefects1Voice. Registration details will be shared here when available.

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Join us during the Twitter Chat as one voice to raise awareness about birth defects. Follow #WorldBDDay to participate and tweet using #WorldBDDay at this time.

1:00 PM EST—Facebook Live Event: COVID-19 Vaccine in Pregnancy & Breastfeeding

The event panel includes moderator Robert Felix; and speakers Sonja Rasmussen, MD, Lorrie Harris-Sagaribay, MPH, and Kirstie Perrotta, MPH. Follow MotherToBaby at

2:00 PM EST—Free webinar on lead exposure in pregnancy

Learn about the impact of lead exposures during pregnancy and in infants and children, as well as resources available to support families exposed to lead, during this free webinar presented by MotherToBaby and Family Voices. Register at:

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