LBDMN: For Providers and Healthcare Professionals
The Louisiana Birth Defects Monitoring Network (LBDMN) is one of several programs in the Bureau of Family Health serving Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN). Under the Louisiana Department of Health's Office of Public Health, LBDMN staff conduct public health surveillance of children born with congenital medical conditions. By monitoring the health status of newborns, LBDMN provides population-based data that helps focus policies, educate the public, link families to services, and prevent new occurrences. We evaluate concerns about unexpected groups of birth defects as well as the effectiveness of preventive interventions. These activities ultimately protect the public's health beginning early in life.
The Louisiana Birth Defects Monitoring Network assesses the outcomes of more than 62,000 Louisiana births annually. This helps to ensure that there are no unknown environmental conditions, pharmaceutical side effects, or behavioral risk factors threatening Louisiana's newborns.
The risk of having a child born with a congenital disability affects all men and women of reproductive age, not just those families that are directly impacted. For example, monitoring birth defects helps illuminate environmental hazards that could impact the citizens of Louisiana. On a national level, LBDMN supports scientific research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, other states and universities.
- Children's Special Health Services (CSHS): Our partner program ensuring all children and youth with special healthcare needs in Louisiana have access to both direct and indirect healthcare services as well as parent-driven suppport
- Developmental Screening Program: Our partner program, whose goal is to improve early detection of developmental delays and disabilities in children from birth to 5 years of age by promoting the use of parent-report screening tools in pediatric primary care
- Genetic Diseases Program: Our partner program providing services to individuals and families who have or are at risk for genetic disorders
- Louisiana Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program (LA EHDI): Our partner program providing early detection of and intervention for infants with hearing loss
- Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV): Prengancy and parenting support programs based off the evidence based home-visiting models of the Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) and Parents as Teachers (PAT)
- LBDMN Data Request Form: Fillable PDF for data seekers to submit for access to surveillance data from our program
- Partners for Family Health Data Center: Data seekers will be able to download any publically-available surveillance reports produced by the Bureau of Family Health here
- Maternal and Child Health Data Indicators: These indicators provide a snapshot of health statistics common to Maternal and Child Health issues. Data are available at the State, Regional, and Parish Level.
- LDH Environmental Public Health Tracking: Provides an open data portal and information on health outcomes, the environment, population, and exposures for Louisiana residents.
Recommended Resources and Tools
- Prevent Birth Defects Educational Flyer, English: Health education flyer written for parents (also available in Spanish: Prevent Birth Defects Educational Flyer, Spanish)
- National Birth Defects Prevention Network: Organization that addresses the issues of birth defects surveillance, research, and prevention under one umbrella by maintaining a national network of state and population-based birth defects programs
- Louisiana Department of Health- Community and Preventative Health: Our partner branch of LDH
- CYSHCN Resource Hub: Coming soon!