January, 2015: Birth Defects Prevention Month

WHEREAS, birth defects cause one in every five infant deaths and lead to $2.6 billion per year in hospital costs alone in the United States; and,

WHEREAS, in Michigan, more than 300 infant deaths occur every year in infants born with a birth defect; and,                   

WHEREAS, birth defects can occur in any family regardless of race, health history, economic status, or level of education; and,

WHEREAS, every woman and family can take steps to increase the chance of having a healthy baby; and,

WHEREAS, the National Birth Defects Prevention Network and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have developed the initiative Make a PACT for Prevention, to help young adults reduce the risk of birth defects; and,

WHEREAS, by Planning ahead for pregnancy, Avoiding harmful substances, Choosing a healthy lifestyle, and Talking to a healthcare provider before pregnancy, the risk of birth defects can be reduced; and,

WHEREAS, the good health and well-being of the people of Michigan are enhanced by the support of a national effort to educate about and prevent birth defects; and,

WHEREAS, the Michigan Department of Community Health and the Michigan Birth Defects Registry join with the March of Dimes, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the National Birth Defects Prevention Network, as well as many dedicated volunteers, healthcare professionals, and parent groups by participating in this initiative;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim January 2015 as Birth Defects Prevention Month in Michigan.