Birth Defect Prevention and Surveillance System
Promoting quality care for children and youth with special health care needs in Wisconsin.
The Wisconsin Birth Defect Prevention and Surveillance Program is responsible for implementing Wisconsin Stat. §253.12 which was enacted in May 2000. This statute calls for the establishment of a confidential birth defects registry comprised of birth defects found in children from birth to two years of age who are diagnosed or treated in Wisconsin by a physician, pediatric specialty clinic or hospital. Reportable conditions occur prior to or at birth and require medical/surgical intervention or interfere with normal growth and development.
- Statute 253.12 defines a birth defect as a structural deformation, disruption, or dysplasia or a genetic, inherited, or biochemical disease.
- As mandated by Statute 253.12, the Council on Birth Defect Prevention and Surveillance was formed to advise the Secretary of the Department of Health Services on all aspects of the establishment of the registry. The membership is diverse and represents multiple perspectives on birth defects surveillance.
- The administrative rules process was completed and the rules, Chapter DHS 116, took effect on April 1, 2003.
- The program received a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to support the establishment of a birth defects registry. The Wisconsin Birth Defects Registry (WBDR) was developed and piloted in 2003-2004 and rolled out statewide in the summer of 2004.
- The legislation requires a report to the legislature be submitted every two years. The most recent report, Wisconsin Birth Defect Prevention and Surveillance Program Report to the Legislature P-00838 (PDF, 928 KB), was completed in June of 2012.
Wisconsin Birth Defects Registry (WBDR)
The WBDR is a secure web-based reporting system. There are three reporting options:
- A paper form (DPH F-40054) (PDF, 208 KB) may be submitted
- An approved reporter may enter reports one at a time on a secure website
- A reporting site may upload multiple reports from their electronic patient record system to the secure website
All reporters who use the website must sign a user agreement and are given a copy of the WBDR Security and Confidentiality Policy document. Reporters can only view reports submitted by their organization. Only the WBDR state administrator in the Bureau of Community Health Promotion at DHS can view all reports.
- 2007 Annual Report: Wisconsin Birth Defects Registry (publication date: 01/08) P-40150 (PDF, 576 KB)
- Wisconsin Birth Defects Surveillance (publication date: 01/09) P-00840 (PDF, 149 KB)
- Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System: Folic Acid Module (publication date: 01/09) P-00839 (PDF, 106 KB)
WBDR Forms and Publications
- Wisconsin Birth Defects Registry Paper Form (revised 12/03) F-40054 (PDF, 188 KB)
- Wisconsin Birth Defects Registry User Agreement (revised 12/03) F-40056 (PDF, 21 KB)
- Wisconsin Birth Defects Registry Security and Confidentiality Policy (revised 12/03) P-40078 (PDF, 229 KB)
- Wisconsin Birth Defects Registry Parent Permission Form (revised 12/03) F-40057 (PDF, 32 KB) Sample only: Reporters are responsible for developing their own forms for obtaining parent permission
WBDR Training Information
- Training and Reference Materials (revised 11/04) P-00837 (PDF, 625 KB)
- Frequently Asked Questions (revised 7/05) (PDF, 66 KB)
See the following links for more information about this program:
- What is Birth Defects Surveillance?
- Overview of Wisconsin Statute 253.12
- Council on Birth Defect Prevention and Surveillance
- CDC Birth Defects Grant Activities
Wisconsin First Step
Information and links to services for children and youth with special needs, their families and providers. Call 800-642-7837 to speak with a parent specialist. Information is available on services such as Birth to 3/early intervention, financial assistance, parent networking and support, home health care, therapy services, CYSHCN Regional Centers and more.
Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Hotline
Information and links to services for pregnant and postpartum women and children. Call 800-722-2295 for information on BadgerCare Plus, WIC, HealthCheck, maternal depression, Prenatal Care Coordination, family planning, developmental screenings, and more.