What We Do

Working to Improve the Health of Moms & Babies

Birth defects affect 1 in 33 babies. While not all birth defects can be prevented, many can. UC San Diego’s Center for Better Beginnings works to identify, prevent and treat birth defects that are caused by environmental factors. Since these harmful exposures occur outside of our genetics, we strive to reduce the risks of birth defects with the goal of eliminating them from our lives.

Discover how we are working to improve the health of moms and babies.

  • Patient Care

    Clinical Services for Those Affected by Birth Defects

    Dr. Kenneth Lyons Jones and Dr. Miguel del Campo, two of our Center’s leaders, are improving the health of families affected by birth defects and genetic conditions. They provide advanced pediatric care to families who need assistance diagnosing, managing, and treating these conditions at the Rady Children’s Hospital Genetics/Dysmorphology clinic.

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  • Education

    Making an Impact on the Community

    Knowledge is power, and we are dedicated to empowering the next generation of parents and professionals. We are actively educating individual community members through our MotherToBaby California information service, our community education workshops, and our annual Nine Months Matter event. And we’re training the next generation of scientists and physicians who would like to dedicate their career to improving maternal health and child development. Browse our professional training opportunities as well as our outreach initiatives to educate women, families and the community-at-large.

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  • Research

    Ground-breaking Efforts at the Forefront of Discovery

    The Center for Better Beginnings conducts research studies based on the mission of promoting and improving maternal health and child development. Our leaders are world-renowned for the research they spearhead on such topics as the safety of medications and vaccines in pregnancy, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, the frequency with which birth defects occur, and the properties of breast milk. But our philosophy is that scientists alone do not make life-changing discoveries. Our discoveries would not be possible without the families who participate in our studies. Find out how we can partner with you to make the world healthier, together, through research.

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