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Supporting Mothers and Health Care Providers
Each year, more than 4.3 million women give birth in the U.S. Virtually all of these women will use at least one medication during pregnancy or during breastfeeding.
The InfantRisk Center is dedicated to providing up-to-date evidence-based information on the use of medications during pregnancy and breastfeeding. By educating both the public and health care professionals regarding the risks of exposure to specific medications for mothers and babies, the center aims to reduce the number of birth defects and dangerous exposures in breastfeeding as well as create healthy breastfeeding relationships.
The InfantRisk Center provides resources such as the hotline, MommyMeds mobile app for consumers, InfantRisk Center mobile app for health care professionals and MommyMeds.com to make accessing safety information simple. The MommyMeds app and website are meant to provide information backed by Hale’s extensive research in an easy-to-read, concise format—perfect for the average mom facing difficult questions about medication use.
About the InfantRisk Center Team
Thomas Hale, Ph.D., R.Ph., is a professor of pediatrics and associate dean of research at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and acting executive director of the InfantRisk Center.
Hale is considered one of the foremost expert in the field of perinatal pharmacology and the use of medications by pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.
The vision of the InfantRisk Center is to create a new body of drug information concerning the safety of medications and their use during pregnancy and lactation. Additionally, the center will expand, enhance and disseminate knowledge regarding the use of medications and other environmental chemicals by pregnant and breastfeeding women worldwide.