Monitoring and preventing birth defects

Our programs are connected to national organizations

  • The Birth Defects Program is part of the National Birth Defects and Prevention Network Inc.
  • The Autism Project is part of the national group CADDRE, the Centers for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Research and Epidemiology.
  • The Muscular Dystrophy Project is part of the national group MD STARNet, Muscular Dystrophy Surveillance Tracking and Research Network.
  • The Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Project is part of a multistate collaborative project formed in the mid-1990s.
  • Cytomegalovirus (CMV) in pregnancy is spread through:
    • Person-to-person contact (such as kissing, sexual contact, and getting saliva or urine on your hands and then touching your eyes or the inside of your nose or mouth).
    • Breast milk of an infected woman who is breast-feeding.
    • Infected pregnant women passing the virus to their unborn babies.
    • Blood transfusions and organ transplants.
  • Colorado Responds to Children With Special Needs (CRCSN)is part of the National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN), a group of specialized public health reporting programs, surveillance databases and early intervention programs.
    • Each program characterizes disease prevalence and provides epidemiological information for research and preventive intervention.
    • Programs within the group include birth defects, autism, fetal alcohol syndrome, muscular dystrophy and other specialized databases.