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Almost five pregnancies per day are affected by birth defects in our state.


The Registry for Congenital and Inherited Disorders is the reporting system to identify and monitor birth defects in the state of Iowa. Birth defects are reportable conditions in Iowa and the records of these birth defects are abstracted and maintained pursuant to Iowa law. The registry was established in 1983 through the joint efforts of the University of Iowa, the Iowa Department of Public Health, and the Iowa Department of Human Services. The program is located within the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa.

The mission of the Iowa Registry for Congenital and Inherited Disorders is to:

  • maintain statewide surveillance for collecting information on birth defect occurrence;
  • monitor annual trends in birth defect occurrence and mortality;
  • conduct research to identify genetic and environmental risk factors for birth defects; and,
  • promote educational activities for the prevention of birth defects.

January is National Birth Defects Prevention month. Click here to learn more about IDPH programs to detect and prevent birth defects.

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