Children's Hospital of Illinois
Pregnancy & Newborns
Birth Defects Quiz
Here's a tough one: When is an unborn baby most at risk of developing abnormalities?
Newborns who need intensive medical attention are often admitted into a special area of the hospital called the neonatal intensive care unit.
Problems and Conditions
These range from weight and growth problems to breathing and blood disorders, fever, and infections.
Birth Defects and Genetic Disorders
Birth defects are also called "congenital anomalies" or "congenital abnormalities." "Congenital" means "present at birth." "Anomalies" and "abnormalities" mean there is a problem present in a baby.