A birth defect is a health problem or a physical abnormality that a baby has at birth. It can be very mild or severe. Some birth defects are life-threatening, in which case a baby may only live for a few months. Birth defects are also referred to as "congenital anomalies" or "congenital abnormalities."
Birth defects at Boston Children's Hospital
The Advanced Fetal Care Center is one of a handful of comprehensive fetal care centers in the United States, and the only one in New England. The AFCC treats, supports and manages complicated fetal anomalies. It's doctors were the world's first to perform life-saving cardiac interventions, such as treating heart problems in utero. The center is also advancing treatments for congenital diaphragmatic hernia, a condition in which a baby is born with a hole in the diaphragm or no diaphragm at all.