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The estimated incidences for the leading categories of birth defects are provided in the table below. Birth defects are grouped into three major categories:
Birth defects of the heart and circulatory system affect more infants than any other type of birth defect. Of all infants born each year, approximately 1 in 115 has heart and/or circulatory defects.
Sources: March of Dimes Perinatal Data Center, 2000. Unpublished review of the literature and information from various state and regional, birth defects surveillance systems (California, Iowa, Metropolitan Atlanta, New York, and Texas).
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