A resource I have found for information on birth defects is birthdefects.org. A little about what they are from the site:
Birth Defect Research for Children, Inc. (BDRC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides parents and expectant parents with information about birth defects and support services for their children. BDRC has a parent-matching program that links families who have children with similar birth defects. BDRC also sponsors the National Birth Defect Registry, a research project that studies associations between birth defects and exposures to radiation, medication, alcohol, smoking, chemicals, pesticides, lead, mercury, dioxin and other environmental toxins.
You can go here to request free information on numerous kinds of birth defects. I recently requested information on heart defects and after a few days received a PDF via e-mail. Something I found interesting in the e-mail:
Approximately 30,000 to 40,000 (or 1 in 100) children are born each year with heart defects.
Sound familiar? 1 in 110 children are believed to fall within the Autism spectrum. Scary statistics. Also on this site is a page with lots of information on environmental and chemical fact sheets. Also a link to Green Family Market, here. Use this website to find “green”, safer, earth-friendly and organic alternatives for the products you need to take care of your family, home and garden.