New Online Service Helps Expectant Moms
CTIS Web site Offers News and Referral Resources about Medications, Chemicals and Other Agents
A new Web site (www.ctispregnancy.org) offering expectant moms a one-stop source for finding the latest information about the potential risks of exposure to drugs, chemicals and other harmful agents has been launched by the California Teratogen Information Service (CTIS). The field of Teratology studies the causes and biological processes leading to abnormal development and birth defects.
CTIS is a non-profit founded and directed by faculty and staff from the
Most common substances that pregnant women encounter will not cause birth defects, but others might be harmful if taken in large doses and at a crucial time in pregnancy, explained
“The goal of CTIS is the elimination of preventable birth defects by promoting healthy pregnancies through education and research,” said Jones. “As a companion to the CTIS telephone information line, this new Web site will provide basic information and helpful resources about pre- and perinatal exposures in order to help pregnant and breastfeeding women and their families make informed decisions.”
The CTIS Pregnancy Risk Information Line and Web site are staffed by some of the world’s leading experts in teratology, who understand how drugs and other agents can affect fetal development, according to Jones.
The new user-friendly site provides links for both patients and their physicians to the most current information about potentially harmful exposures – from illnesses and medications to alcohol, environmental toxins and hazardous occupational materials – before, during and after pregnancy. Also the interactive on-line Q & A Forum will allow users to connect and dialogue with others who share similar exposure concerns and experiences.
“With the launch of the CTIS Web site patients and physicians in
For more information about CTIS and its free telephone and online services, call 1-800-532-3749 or log onto www.ctispregnancy.org.
CONTACT: Audrey Doherty/Jordan Cole 619-236-8397
SOURCE California Teratogen Information Service