Cleft lip and palate are birth defects that occur because a baby’s lip or mouth does not form properly during pregnancy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that each year in the U.S., 4,440 babies are born with a cleft lip with or without a cleft palate and 2,650 babies are born with a cleft palate.8
Cleft Lip/Palate 101
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