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Green, leafy vegetables like spinach leaves are a good source of folic acid. If taken before and during the early stages of pregnancy, folic acid can reduce the risk of birth defects such as spina bifida. (Photo by Debora Cartegena, CDC)

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January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month, and health organizations across the nation are teaming up to provide resources and strategies to help avoid the leading cause of death for infants.


“Every 4 1/2 minutes a baby is born with a birth defect,” according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Birth defects affect an estimated 2,000 babies in Minnesota each year.

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Michael Brun
Michael Brun is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program. He has worked for the Republican Eagle since March 2013, covering county government, health and local events. 
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