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Your Gift Will Provide Better Beginnings For All Babies

Birth defects affect 1 in 33 babies. Hospitalization for birth defects costs the United States over $2.6 billion annually, and this doesn’t even begin to factor in the emotional and financial costs of living with a birth defect.

You can help us make a difference.

The Center for Better Beginnings is a division of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California San Diego and is dedicated to advancing the identification, prevention, and treatment of birth defects through cutting-edge research, top-notch clinical care, and community and professional educational programs.

Your donation to our Center will allow us to:

  • Provide free, up-to-date information to pregnant and breastfeeding women and their healthcare providers about exposures that could be a risk to either a mom or her developing baby.
  • Provide care and support to families affected by and struggling with birth defects.
  • Fund much-needed research to determine which medications, chemicals and other exposures are safe and which could be harmful during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
  • Better understand the powerful benefits of breast milk and how it influences child health and development.
  • Educate the community about a wide variety of topics related to the causes of birth defects and how they can be prevented and treated.
  • Train the next generation of physicians and scientists who will dedicate their careers to eliminating birth defects.

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