Birth Defects Prevention

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Come Monday, newborns in Florida will undergo screenings for more than 30 birth defects and disorders up from the seven tests required now. Most test for little-known and rare diseases, but some of them can be deadly.

The March of Dimes says they will work to increase awareness about the additional screenings, as well as promote January as Birth Defect Prevention Month.

Penelope Tiam-Fook says, "We strongly encourage women who are thinking about becoming pregnant or just learned they are pregnant to do pre-pregnancy visits with their doctor, and to talk with their doctor about any medical conditions they may have like diabetes, high blood pressure."

Tiam-Fook says both parents should start taking folic acid before getting pregnant to reduce the risk of birth defects.