The following statistics about birth defects are compiled from the CDC:

  • About one in every 33 babies in the U.S. is born with a birth defect. That means one such baby every 4.5 minutes.
  • Heart defects are the most common type of defect, representing about 1 in 100 births. A ventricular septal defect is the most common type of heart defect.
  • Medical care for congenital heart defects cost about $1.4 billion in 2004.
  • Roughly a million adults in the U.S. are currently living with a congenital heart defect.
  • Over the last 30 years, the use of prescription medications during the first trimester of pregnancy has increased by more than 60%.
  • Specific birth defects are more common in certain ethnic groups than others, with other defects are less common.