The most common birth defect in kittens is a cleft palate. Cleft palates can be caused by environmental factors. There are things you can do to reduce your chances of producing a kitten with this problem.
Cleft Palate In A Newborn Kitten
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Healthy newborn kittens that are warm, content, and with full tummies mostly just sleep when they are not nursing. If a kitten continues to cry it is probably hungry or cold.