In collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, the American Academy of Pediatrics Program to Enhance the Health and Development of Infants and Children (PEHDIC) is offering a free webinar with the aim of educating health care providers about medication safety during pregnancy and resources to help counsel women on treatment decisions before and during pregnancy.

MTB_Head Shots-18The webinar, led by Christina Chambers, PhD, epidemiologist, UC San Diego professor and Director of our MotherToBaby California affiliate, as well as Cheryl Broussard, PhD, Health Scientist at the CDC’s Birth Defects Branch, will provide an overview of what is known about medication safety during pregnancy, relevant clinical considerations for prescribers and pharmacists and resources to help counsel women regarding treatment decisions before and during pregnancy.

Taking some medications early in pregnancy—often before women know they are pregnant—can increase the risk for some birth defects and other poor pregnancy outcomes. “While pregnant women should not stop or start taking any type of medicine without first talking with a health care provider, the information available to health care providers to guide and support the decision making process is limited,” explained Chambers. “We hope to provide some insight and resources to make that process easier for them.”

The free webinar will take place on January 26, 2016 at 2p Eastern. Click here to register.