Congenital Disorders

Congenital Disorders is written for healthcare workers who look after individuals with congenital disorders, their families, and women who are at increased risk of giving birth to an infant with a congenital disorder.

Special attention is given to:

  • modes of inheritance
  • medical genetic counselling
  • congenital disorders due to chromosomal abnormalities
  • single gene defects
  • teratogens
  • multifactorial inheritance.

This book is being used in the Medical Genetics Education Programme (MGEP) which trains healthcare workers in genetic counselling in South Africa.

  • Full title: Congenital Disorders: Counselling and caring for children with congenital disorders
  • Author(s): Perinatal Education Programme
  • Print ISBN: 978-1-928313-21-2
  • Reflowable ebook ISBN: 978-1-920218-93-5
  • PDF-ebook ISBN: 978-1-920218-42-3

About the series editor

A previous head of neonatal medicine at UCT, David Woods consulted to UNICEF and the WHO, and is developing distance-learning courses and innovative, power-free medical devices for health professionals in under-resourced countries.


Congenital Disorders has been edited from the Congenital Disorders manual of the Perinatal Education Programme. This learning programme for professionals is developed by the Perinatal Education Trust and funded by Eduhealthcare. The March of Dimes, through a generous grant to the Southern African Inherited Disorders Association (SAIDA), supported the authors and contributors and the development of the Medical Genetic Education Programme for primary care practitioners, which is based on Congenital Disorders.

We acknowledge all the participants of the Perinatal Education Programme who have made suggestions and offered constructive criticism. It is only through constant feedback from colleagues and participants that the content of the Perinatal Education Programme courses can be improved.

– The authors


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