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california birth defects monitoring program (Cbdmp)

The California Birth Defects Monitoring Program (CBDMP) has been an active ascertainment, population based registry since 1982 when the California State Legislature authorized the California Birth Defects Monitoring Program (CBDMP) to collect data on birth defects, stillbirths, and miscarriages. CBDMP currently monitors over 150,000 births in 10 counties—approximately 30% of the births in California, which represents the state's geographic, environmental and racial/ethnic diversity. The CBDMP registry data are used for ongoing surveillance to monitor rates and trends of select birth defects and to provide outcome data for the pregnancy blood samples included in the California Biobank Program. The Program receives funding from the California Birth Defects Monitoring Fund. 


The California Birth Defects Monitoring Program (CBDMP) collects and analyzes data to identify opportunities for preventing birth defects and improving the health of babies.

Program Goals

Increase the quality and quantity of California-based birth defect data available for purposes of public health monitoring and investigator-led research

Increase communication of birth defects information

Monitor public health and safety concerns relating to birth defects  


CDPH Zika Virus Information

Zika virus during pregnancy can cause microcephaly and other severe brain defects in infants.
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With a data collection and analysis framework in place, CBDMP responds to inquiries from the public, research and medical communities.

California Biobank Program

The California Department of Public Health maintains a large and diverse biobank.
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Data Resources

CBDMP provides  data to scientists, health care professionals and the public to answer questions about birth defects.
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