The Louisiana Birth Defects Monitoring Network (LBDMN) within the Bureau of Family Health (BFH), Office of Public Health (OPH), Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) is responsible for surveillance of birth defects in Louisiana's children. Mandated in 2004, it was the intent of the legislature to “establish a system to collect, analyze, and disseminate data regarding birth defects in the state and to provide information to families of children born with birth defects regarding services available in their community and the development of appropriate prevention programs."