birth defects

6-Year-Old Audrey is Dancing for a Cure

Audrey NetheryFacebook
Meet Audrey, the six-year-old with better dance moves than you. The Kentucky native really shines in the Zumba circuit. But don't take our word for it, watch the video: https://www.facebook.com/DBAphotoboothbyAudrey/videos/vb.1479986945578183/1592605227649687/?type=2&theater Pretty impressive. But it's the motive behind Audrey's moves that's garnered the video nearly 16 million views. Audrey was born with Diamond Blackfan Anemia, a rare blood... Read more

Aw! Toddler Without Feet Gets Puppy Without Paw

toddler and dog with no pawHeidi Heilbrunn/Greenville News
Born without feet, three-year-old Sapphyre just had her final doctors appointment for prosthetics. While most kids leave the hospital with stuffed animals and balloons, Sapphyre got to go home with a new puppy. And he's missing a paw. The story is almost too cute to believe. And it gets better: Breeder Karen Riddle named the White German Shepard... Read more

No Nose, No Problem: Baby Eli's Story

baby without noseSharon Steinmann
“He’s just like any other baby. He just doesn’t have a nose.” That's the latest update from Brandi McGlathery, the 23-year-old mom of miracle baby Eli. Eli was born on March 4 with a congenital arhinia, a condition so rare that only 41 cases have been documented worldwide. McGlathery seemed to realize something was wrong before... Read more

Demystifying Fetal Surgery: Behind the Scenes of 'Twice Born'

Shelly and Bobby Ross from Twice BornPBS
You've heard about birth defects. You've probably heard of the rare in-utero surgeries that can help correct them. But now, you'll actually be able to see them. Tuesday night marks the premiere of Twice Born, a three-part PBS documentary profiling the parents, doctors and babies involved in fetal surgery at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.... Read more

Louisiana Baby Born with Half of Heart

aiden rodgersTexas Children's Hospital/Rodgers Family
The upside is that they caught the problem early. Aiden Rodgers, now 10 months old, was diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) as a 20-week-old fetus. Affecting about one in 6,000 live births, HLHS is a defect that causes the left side of the heart to stop developing. An underdeveloped left ventricle, mitral valve... Read more

It's the First-Ever World Birth Defects Day

world birth defects dayMarch of Dimes
Today marks the first celebration of a new -- and important -- observance. Pioneered by March of Dimes and 11 other international organizations, World Birth Defects Day was created to raise awareness for a problem that affects 8 million babies worldwide. While 50 percent of serious birth defects are detected soon after birth, the... Read more

Obesity Can Trigger Extremely Preterm Birth, Study Says

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Extreme preterm births, or those before 28 weeks of pregnancy, could be caused by obesity, according to a new study compiled by researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine. In general, a preterm birth is defined as any birth before 37 weeks. Most occur sometime between 28 and 37 weeks, but giving birth before... Read more