One in 50 babies has a birth defect as detailed new study shows numbers nearly DOUBLE previous estimate

One in 50 babies has a birth defect as detailed new study shows numbers nearly DOUBLE previous estimateAt least 14,500 in England and Wales in 2009Increase down to more comprehensive statistics, say researchersMore than half are detected during pregnancyOf those, 43per cent resulted in termination More than one in 50 babies has a birth defect – almost double the previous estimate, according to the most comprehensive report of its kind. Previous figures have suggested one in 80 babies suffers a defect, which include Down”s syndrome, congenital heart disease and neural tube defects such as spina bifida