16 February 2017 // Help raise awareness for birth defects surveillance, prevention, care and research worldwide by lending your voice to raise awareness on the 3rd World Birth Defects Day (WBDD)! Sign up with your Facebook, Twitter and/or Tumblr account to the Thunderclap campaign and a one time message will be automatically posted for you on March 3, 2017. Check out the WBDD 2017 Toolkit to see what else you can do to support this important day. If you are a health care professional, speak about the steps women can take to help lower the risk of their baby developing a birth defect. Help us to reach as wide an audience as possible! Birth defects affect about 6% of infants and result in approximately 8.1 million birth defect-related disabilities every year. An estimated 303,000 newborns die during the first 28 days of life every year from birth defects.