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What is MotherToBaby Utah?

MotherToBaby Utah provides valuable information to women who are pregnant, considering becoming pregnant, or are breastfeeding as well as to healthcare providers. This free, private, and easy to use service answers your questions about medications, drugs, chemicals and other environmental exposures that can potentially harm an embryo, fetus or infant.

The mission of MotherToBaby is to offer accurate, timely, and confidential information that will help you avoid problems caused by:
· Medicines that you have recently taken, are currently taking, or plan to take
· Chemicals you may be exposed to
· Chronic health conditions you may have
· Alcohol, tobacco, and other substances of abuse you may use

Who will I talk to?

You will talk to a specialist who is knowledgeable about medicines, chemicals, and other exposures that can cause pregnancy problems or birth defects. MotherToBaby Utah staff also advise women and their healthcare providers about the effects of exposures on the breastfed baby and the possible impact on breast milk production.A group of pregnant women

MotherToBaby Utah staff and our medical consultants have many years of experience in the healthcare field. MotherToBaby Utah is a joint effort of the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) and the University of Utah’s Department of Pediatrics. MotherToBaby Utah has been providing pregnancy information and education to women, families, and healthcare providers for 33 years.

Staff includes:

John C. Carey, MD, Program Founder and Medical Director. Dr. Carey is a pediatrician with the University of Utah Department of Pediatrics. He advises and mentors MTB staff on risk assessments and provides medical education and quality assurance. Dr. Carey started the program 35 years ago and continues to be its medical director. Dr. Carey is a prolific researcher and has more than 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals on the environmental and genetic causes of birth defects.

Marsha Leen-Mitchell, Teratogen Information Specialist. Marsha serves as Secretary on the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists Board. Marsha has been with the program for 35 years and has 15 publications in peer-reviewed journals including chapters on Clinical Teratology for the Pediatric Practitioner in Rudolph’s Pediatrics.

Al Romeo, Senior Registered Nurse – Teratogen Information Specialist. Al serves as the President Elect for the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists / MotherToBaby. He has been with the program for over 13 years and has six publications in peer-reviewed articles and has published more than 30 newsletter and other articles.

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Cristina Gonzalez, Health Program Specialist III – Teratogen Information Specialist and Spanish Translator. Cristina joined MotherToBaby Utah in June 2022. She is in training to become a teratogen information specialist.

Staff at MotherToBaby can take your Telephone Call, Email, Chat or Text during regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We are closed on national and Utah holidays.