Well Being

Dr. Hale to Launch InfantRisk Center

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Pregnant women, mothers, and their physicians soon will have a new resource for up-to-date, evidence-based answers to their questions about using specific medications during pregnancy or lactation. Tom Hale, Ph.D., expert on perinatal pharmacology and author of Medications and Mother's Milk, has announced the development of the InfantRisk Center, a national call center associated with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Amarillo and Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health.

The InfantRisk Center has the following objectives:

* Provide the largest source of data on the use of medications in breastfeeding mothers in the world
* Provides a website and online databases to be used by every major university in the USA
* Engages on web forum with more than 13,000 registered health care professionals from around the world
* Will accept phone questions from women, physicians, and other health care providers about the use of specific drugs in pregnant or breastfeeding women
* Disseminate information concerning the use of medications and other substances in pregnant and breastfeeding mothers
* Produce a large clinical case management system that will ultimately provide evidence on the outcome of exposure to drugs and what women and their health care professionals should expect

What a fantastic resource for mothers, expectant women, lactation professionals, doctors and pharmacists! All too often it has been my experience that physicians and pharmacists were unaware of resources like Medications and Mother's Milk, the forums at Dr. Hale's website, and the LactMed database. The InfantRisk Center will make all of that invaluable information easily accessible to medical providers and the mothers themselves.

If you would like to support the development of the InfantRisk Center, you can donate online. With enough funding, the InfantRisk Center will begin taking calls in the spring of 2010.