Risky Business: Pregnancy, Meds and the Web
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NATIONWIDE - Statistics show about 90-percent of pregnant women in the United States take at least one medication. 70-percent take at least one prescription drug. Although some of those medicines are considered safe to take during pregnancy, the effects of other medications on your unborn baby aren't fully known. And information about which is which is all over the web, with many sites sending out conflicting information. What's an expectant mom to do?
Another factor: in America, 50-percent of pregnancies are unplanned, and women may not even know to be avoiding the drugs. Even when they find out they are expecting, there are certain conditions that require medication, and physicians make it clear in those cases it's important to continue treatment. At that point, alternative medicines may be considered.
Cheryl Broussard, PhD - Epidemiologist, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities:
Cheryl Broussard is a health scientist in the Division of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She currently leads the Division’s Treating for Two: Safe Medication Use in Pregnancy
Initiative and chairs the medications workgroup for the multicenter National Birth Defects Prevention Study. Cheryl joined CDC in 2007 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer, and she now coordinates EIS activities for the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. Her current research includes studying patterns of medication use among women of childbearing age and evaluating the safety or risk of medications used during pregnancy, and she has recently served on expert committees related to use of chemotherapeutic agents and illicit use of opioid drugs during pregnancy. She received her PhD in epidemiology from the University of Texas (UT) School of Public Health at Houston and her MA in health education from UT-Austin.
Siobhan M. Dolan, MD, MPH:
Siobhan Dolan, M.D., M.P.H., is Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women’s Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and an attending physician in the Division of Reproductive Genetics at Montefiore Medical Center, the University Hospital for Einstein, in New York City. She serves as a Medical Advisor to March of Dimes and is also on the faculty of the Human Genetics Program at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, N.Y. Board-certified in both OB/GYN and Clinical Genetics, Dr. Dolan graduated magna cum laude with honors from Brown University and received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School. She did her residency in OB/GYN at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and Yale-New Haven Hospital and her fellowship in clinical genetics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She received a master’s degree in public health from Columbia University.
Dr. Dolan maintains her clinical practice in the Division of Reproductive Genetics. Her research interests focus on the integration of genetics into maternal child health, specifically looking at ways to apply advances in genetics and genomics to improve the health of mothers and babies and prevent birth defects and preterm birth.
Bianca Holmes resides in Atlanta, GA.