Support the InfantRisk Center

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Each year, 4.3 million mothers will give birth to an infant in the U.S. and 76% go on to breastfeed their infant. Essentially all of them will take at least one medication during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Our center recieves up to 75 calls per day from everywhere in the world. Our purpose is to help moms have safe pregnancies, and safe breastfeeding while using medications.

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The InfantRisk Center has received more than 60,000 calls since opening in 2012.

The Dairy Queens Breastfeeding Support are a peer to peer breastfeeding support group that support each other through tightknit, yet expansive group of mothers who connect via Facebook. The Dairy Queens support all mothers through the ups and downs, challenges and rewards of breastfeeding. The group is fast approaching 40,000 members who advocate and support healthy breastfeeding practices through open discussion in a safe and encouraging environment. The Dairy Queens exist to support moms on their breastfeeding journey, be that 6 weeks, 6 months, or 6 years.

Many of the Dairy Queens Breastfeeding Support mothers have been profoundly impacted by the research of Dr. Hale and the InfantRisk Center. It is their goal to raise $60,000 to support a full time Infant Risk Center Call Nurse so that all breastfeeding mothers have the support and are given the confidence they need to meet their breastfeeding goals.

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Meet the InfantRisk Center staff !

Dr. Thomas Hale

Thomas Hale, Ph.D., R.Ph.


Professor of Pediatrics at Texas Tech University School of Medicine is the Director of the InfantRisk Center and Associate Dean of Research.

Dr. Hale is the author of the best-selling book Medications and Mothers Milk and numerous papers and book chapters in the field of lactational pharmacology. He is considered one of the foremost leading experts in the field of perinatal pharmacology and the use of medications in breastfeeding mothers.

Dr. Thomas Hale

Teresa E. Baker, MD


Dr. Baker graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern and completed her residency training at Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas, TX. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Dr. Baker has a combined private and academic OB/GYN practice with the University Physicians at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center in Amarillo. She is interested in teen pregnancy, postpartum depression, and promoting preventive medicine for the women of the Texas Panhandle, as well as Resident and Student education and serves as the Residency Director.

Mary Croyle

Executive Director of Communications and Marketing

As Director of Communications and Marketing at TTUHSC, Mary is responsible for the development and implementation of a comprehensive communications and marketing strategy.  She is also the originator of the Mommy Meds app. 

In this role, Mary serves as the primary spokesperson and is responsible for media relations for all seven campuses throughout Texas, and is tasked with effectively promoting the TTUHSC brand.  Mary oversees all communications and marketing efforts for Texas Tech Physicians, the medical practice plan located in Lubbock, Amarillo, Odessa and El Paso.

Sandra Lovato

Telephone Consultant

Sandra is a Registered Nurse and telephone advisor for the InfantRisk Center. She received her ADN from the Amarillo College of School of Nursing in May of 2008. She began working at the InfantRisk Center in November of 2013 as a Senior Adviser for Dr. Hale. Since she began working under Dr. Hale, she has learned a lot about the effects of medications and their passage into breastmilk. She is glad to be a part of such a valuable and important resource for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers and seeks to help mothers have a long, healthy breastfeeding relationship with their child.

Patsy Rickwartz

Telephone Consultant

Patsy is a Registered Nurse and telephone advisor for the InfantRisk Center. She has been a registered nurse for 35 years. She graduated from Northwest Texas Hospital School of nursing in 1981 and was an LVN for 10 years before that, working mostly in pediatrics. She has 25 years experience in the NICU. She has been at the InfantRisk Center for 3 years. She thoroughly enjoys the work she does at the InfantRisk Center and leaves at the end of each day knowing she has made a difference in the lives of numerous mom’s around the world.

Our Research Laboratories

The InfantRisk Center operates a highly sophisticated set of laboratories with the most up-to-date technologies. We have dozens of projects underway which include all aspects of pharmacology, molecular medicine and genetics. We are consistently publishing data on new drugs each year and studying many aspects of lactation, including a new study to detect cancer antigens long before they become hazardous. We have a new study to try and determine why some women have high prolactin levels, but can't make milk. Is it an unusual prolactin molecule? Maybe.

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