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 Bureau of Family Health, LBDMN staff conduct public health surveillance of children born with congenital medical conditions. The Louisiana Birth Defects Monitoring Network assesses the outcomes of more than 62,000 Louisiana births annually. LBDMN works to identify environmental conditions, pharmaceutical side effects, or personal behaviors and actions that increase the risk of birth defects among Louisiana's newborns. By monitoring the health status of all newborns, and monitoring children with congenital medical conditions, LBDMN provides population-based data to help inform policies, educate the public, support efforts of community partners, and prevent new occurrences.

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.

 

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