KSHB: Kansas raises awareness for Birth Defects Prevention Month

January 4, 2020

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is working to raise awareness this January for Birth Defects Prevention Month.

Every 4.5 minutes, a baby is born with a birth defect in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

KSHB talked to Dr. Tara Chettiar, the chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Saint Luke's South Hospital, about what mothers can do to help have a healthy baby even before they become pregnant.

"Usually by the time a woman has found out she's pregnant, a lot of her options and a lot of the adjustments that could be made—that's already past," Chettiar said. "We love to sit down and have what we call pre-conception visits."

Watch the full story below.

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