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Fourth cousin is basically same as the general population at large so "chances" of birth defects are not elevated at all. Of course, if you're concerned about anything specific that you two may share, you should ask a doctor. 

As for shame, honestly, I'm surprised you even know who your fourth cousin is! I'm lucky to know of my second cousins (met one once over 25 years ago). The rest are guesses on Ancestry.com. In your case, it will depend on any cultural particulars of your community and family but from the average American perspective, I'd say none.

Finally, congratulations. Becoming a parent is the single greatest privilege on earth.




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