Pregnancy Riskline – Arizona Teratology Information Program

Please call:

Tucson Area – 520.626.3410
Toll-Free – 888.285.3410

A teratogen is any medication, chemical, infectious disease, or environmental agent that may interfere with the normal development of a baby and/or result in the loss of a pregnancy, a birth defect, or adverse pregnancy outcome.

Pregnant or breastfeeding women may wonder about …
–  Taking prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, or vitamins
–  Drinking alcohol or using drugs
–  Vaccinations or immunizations
–  Diseases or infections occurring before or during pregnancy
–  Chemical, pesticide or radiation exposure in the workplace or home

If you have concerns like these, the Pregnancy Riskline can help.  The Pregnancy Riskline provides accurate and current information about the possible effects on an unborn child when the mother is exposed to a particular drug or substance during pregnancy or breastfeeding.  This free telephone resource is offered to all parents, potential parents, and medical professionals who want information, education, and counseling about the possible effects of exposures during pregnancy or breastfeeding.

What are the facts?
–  Every pregnant woman has a 3-5 percent chance of having a child with a birth defect or developmental disability.
–  Only about 5 percent of birth defects are related to maternal illness, drugs, chemicals, or other exposures.
–  Nearly all women are exposed to a drug or other environmental agent during pregnancy.
–  The safety of a product used at any time during pregnancy can never be guaranteed.
–  The potential risk to the developing baby must be weighed against the benefit of using a given agent during pregnancy.

The Pregnancy Riskline staff is available to receive and return calls Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm MST.

What can you expect when you call the Pregnancy Riskline?
–  All communication will be confidential.
–  You will be asked about your exposures to medications, chemicals, illnesses or other exposures of concern to you.
–  Please have information available regarding doses or amounts and the dates when the exposure took place.
–  You will be asked about your health, the health of other family members, and about any previous pregnancies.
–  Current information about exposures and any special risks will be explained to you.
–  Occasionally, because of more complex exposures, you may be asked to wait several days while relevant information is collected and reviewed.
–  You may be asked if you wish to participate in a research study.

For information about some common exposures, please visit the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists at www.otispregnancy.org.

What services does the Arizona Teratology Information Program provide?

Pregnancy Riskline – 520.626.3410 or 888.285.3410
The Pregnancy Riskline is a free telephone service that provides accurate and up-to-date information regarding the effects that drugs, chemicals, viruses and physical agents may have on the developing baby during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Education – The staff of the Arizona Teratology Information Program is availabe for medical, school and community presentations.  Written materials are available upon request.

Research – The program works in collaboration with other services to study the effects of specific exposures and the outcomes of pregnancy.

Referrals – Referrals to appropriate agencies are made on an as-needed basis.

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~ by cmb0414 on August 18, 2010.

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