Providing Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Exposure Information to Southeastern U.S. Residents
MotherToBaby North Carolina specialists answer questions about exposures during pregnancy and breastfeeding for healthcare providers and residents of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Kentucky. We are housed at the Fullerton Genetics Center at Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC.
MotherToBaby North Carolina specialists also provide support to our in-house team of certified genetic counselors. During a prenatal genetic counseling visit, genetic counselors may discuss pregnancy and pre-pregnancy exposures such as illnesses, medications, or substances, in order to provide patients with the most accurate information regarding any possible effects on pregnancy outcomes.
MotherToBaby North Carolina
Mission Fullerton Genetics Center
9 Vanderbilt Park Drive
Asheville, NC 28803
Hours: Open Monday to Friday 8am – 5pm ET except federal holidays
Languages: English and Spanish
Meet Our Team
Lorrie Harris-Sagaribay, MPH, Program Coordinator
Lorrie Harris-Sagaribay is the Program Coordinator of MotherToBaby North Carolina. She is also an information specialist, providing exposure counseling in English and Spanish by phone, email, and online chat. She also conducts outreach and provides teratogen education to public health and healthcare professionals. After serving with the Peace Corps in Honduras, Lorrie earned her Masters of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a concentration in maternal and child health. Lorrie enjoys helping women and couples make informed decisions about medications and other exposures during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Carolyn Wilson, MS, CGC
Carolyn Wilson is a certified genetic counselor who has worked with MotherToBaby North Carolina since 2003. Carolyn also provides multidisciplinary clinical genetic counseling services to patients at Mission Hospital. She is a student supervisor, thesis advisor, and clinical instructor in the area of teratology for the UNC Greensboro and USC Genetic Counseling training programs, and a guest lecturer on teratology for ETSU Medical School. She received her Master’s degree in genetic counseling from the University of Texas.
Education & Training Opportunities
MotherToBaby North Carolina specialists are available to present at professional conferences on topics related to exposures during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and/or exhibit in order to share information about MotherToBaby’s services.
We also provide educational talks to groups serving pregnant and breastfeeding populations, such as clinical provider groups, lactation specialists / breastfeeding educators, maternity homes, home visiting programs, and others. We provide teratology lectures for medical residents and genetic counseling students through partnerships with academic training programs.
To learn more about education and training opportunities, please contact Lorrie Harris-Sagaribay at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Connect with Our Local Partners
Family Connects of Forsyth and Davidson Counties
Family Connects provides no-cost nurse home visits for parents living in Forsyth and Davidson counties. The goal of Family Connects is to provide support for parents and their babies while connecting them with resources that can help their families thrive.
Macon County WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Program
Macon County WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Program (BFPC) provides lactation support from trained individuals who are enthusiastic about their own personal breastfeeding experiences. Goals of the BFPC Program include increasing the number of mothers in the WIC program who initiate breastfeeding, and extending the duration of breastfeeding.
March of Dimes Ready for Life NC
March of Dimes Ready for Life NC champions preconception health interventions for healthier moms and stronger babies in North Carolina. The program’s vision is that all persons giving birth in North Carolina will enter pregnancy when they choose, how they choose, and in their best possible health regardless of wealth, race, or geography.
Project CARA: Care that Advocates Respect/Resilience/Recovery for All
Project CARA provides comprehensive integrated perinatal and substance use treatment support for pregnant and parenting women from across WNC. Project CARA’s goal is to decrease the stigma and barriers that prevent pregnant and parenting women with substance use disorders from getting the quality ob/gyn care and substance use treatment they deserve.