Just the facts...
Although the exact cause of hydranencephaly is unknown in most cases, generally the most likely cause is by vascular insult such as stroke or injury, intrauterine infections, or traumatic disorders after the first trimester of pregnancy.
While the statistics for hydranencephaly show a rare occurrence rate, an alarming fact is that:
That is about 120,000 babies in the United States alone.
That is one in 33 babies born every year... and those statistics only include live births!
GHF is using this opportunity to actively focus a little extra time throughout the month on raising awareness about the frequency with which birth defects occur in the United States and the steps that can be taken to prevent them. While hydranencephaly generally has no known cause, making it hard to prevent, the risk for birth defects in general can be reduced through healthy lifestyle choices and medical care before and during pregnancy.
Yearly hospital costs of caring for children born with birth defects EXCEEDS $2.6 billion
1 in 5 infant deaths is due to complications from birth defects, making them the LEADING cause of infant death.
There is good news..
that awareness efforts, made available through the National Birth Defects Awareness Network and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, offers hope for reducing the number of birth defects in the future.