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News and Research
- Alcohol Consumption During Pregnancy 'Still Major Concern' 40 Years after FAS Discovery. Press release and video from MotherToBaby about the continued high rate of alcohol use and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and related Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). There is no known safe level of alcohol use and FASD is 100% preventable.
- Utah Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Activities 2013
- Partner FASD Awareness Activities 2013
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) FASD Resources
- Cytomegalovirus (CMV) in pregnancy can cause permanent hearing loss and developmental disabilities in children. Read the documents listed below to see who is at risk and how to protect your unborn baby. For more information, please visit the CMV Public Health Initiative page.
- Utah Safe Haven Law: Alternative to Abandonment: KUTV 2 news story and video about the Utah Newborn Safe Haven law. The law provides a safe place for newborns at any 24/7 hospital. Moms can leave the newborn anonymously and no questions will be asked.
- MotherToBaby UT: KUTV 2 news story and video about the telephone service offered to pregnant and breastfeeding women with questions about medications and other exposures.
- Morning Sickness And Nausea (news story and video): If you are having morning sickness, nausea, and vomiting in pregnancy, ask you doctor about medictions that can offer relief. Proper nutrition is important for a healthy pregnancy. The Motherisk program in Canada has a Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy (NVP) Helpline at 1-800-436-8477.
- Risk Line Offers Answers For Pregnant Women (news story and video): The Pregnancy Risk Line can answer questions about medications and other exposures in pregnancy and breastfeeding. We use the latest research and apply it to your specific situation. There are many websites with inaccurate or incomplete information. Call us for the best unformation at 801-328-2229 or the national MotherToBaby line at 866-626-6847.
- Dog … A Baby's Best Friend?, UDOH Press Release June 14, 2012
- Pregnancy Risk Line is partnering with the Learn the Signs. Act Early. Campaign to help parents learn about healthy development and track developmental miletones. See the website for checklists and news stories.
- Dad's Health Can Affect His Fertility
- Pregnancy Risk Line offers Postpartum Depression Flier
- Moms Need Immunizations
The Utah Department of Health reminds moms to make sure they are up to date on vaccines.
- Alcohol in Pregnancy Warning Signs to Go Up Early
The Utah Department of Health partnered with the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (DABC) to revise the existing alcohol warning signs in locations where alcohol is served. The signs warn women to not drink alcohol when pregnant to avoid the risks of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).
- Communication Between Health Care Providers and At-risk Mothers: Perceptions and Practices
A study by the Utah Department of Health and Utah State University to explore knowledge, attitudes and opinions regarding alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) use during pregnancy. January 20, 2011.
- For outreach materials for families about alcohol and other drugs, see the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drugs of Abuse Brochure (English); the Alcohol Advisory Card (English); and the Alcohol Advisory Card (Spanish).
- Medication Use During Pregnancy
January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month and this press release has information about medication use during pregnancy, risks for birth defects, and who to call if pregnant women or health care providers have questions. January 6, 2011.
- Pregnancy Dangers Lurk at Holiday Parties
Press information about foods and drinks to avoid during pregnancy. See the news release from the Utah Department of Health. Read the news story or watch the video from Fox 13 News. December 2, 2010.
- Press information in response to "Light drinking during pregnancy..." research study
The Pregnancy Risk Line distributed this press release in response to a recent research article about alcohol use during pregnancy. For more information, see the links below. November 1, 2010
- Buckle Up When Pregnant
This video discusses the importance of wearing a seatbelt correctly wehn you are pregnant. August 24, 2010.
- In 2006, Shurtleff, daughter talked of suicide struggles
Read about a father and daughter as they struggled to deal with the daughter's suicidal thoughts and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. November 4, 2009.
Influenza Fact Sheets and Resources
This sections contains facts sheets and other resources about the flu. Check back for new resources.
- Antiviral Medications to Treat/Prevent H1N1 Influenza (swine flu) in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Women
This sheet talks about the risks of exposure to antiviral medications to treat or prevent influenza during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.
- Flu Can Harm You and Your Baby (en Español)
This poster from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reminds pregnant women to get the flu vaccines to protect themselves and their babies. It also gives the Flu.Gov website and CDC telephone number. Available to download, print, and post in your office or clinic.
- Influenza Updates
This newsletter from the Utah Immunization Program provides the latest information about the flu including recommendations for health care personnel, surveillance information in Utah, and frequently asked questions.
- Flu Vaccine Locator
The Utah Department of Health provides this web-based tool to help you find flu shots in cities and across Utah.
The U.S. Govenment (White House, Department of Health and Human Services, and other federal agencies) provides information about the flu including links to help you find flu shots in all states.
- Flu Story: A Pregnant Woman's Ordeal
Read this article from The New York Times about a Florida woman's experience with the flu. She wants to tell people "how dangerous it can be" for pregnant women. October 19, 2009
MotherToBaby (and OTIS) Fact Sheets
The experts behind MotherToBaby have created fact sheets that answer frequently asked questions about exposures during pregnancy and breastfeeding. MotherToBaby Fact Sheets are available in both English and Spanish and can be downloaded for free. To view or download Fact Sheets, go to: https://www.mothertobaby.org/
Other Fact Sheets
Resources and Links
- Baby Your Baby
Provides resources for parents and thier children, including financial help during pregnancy; information abour preparing for pregnancy; and information about caring for your young child.
- "Learn the Signs. Act Early."
Checklists, brochures, booklets and more to help parents of infants and young children learn about healthy development and track developmental milestones.
- Medical Home Portal
Provides information for families and professionals including events, local resoruces, and information about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
The Organization of Teratology Information Specialists is a non-profit organization made up of individual services (TIS) (like the Pregnancy Risk Line) throughout North America. Find a service in your area, check out fact sheets, or follow them on Twitter or Facebook.
- Power Your Life, Power Your Health
Provides resources and information about health for women in their childbearing years.
- Utah Fetal Alcohol Coalition
Provides speakers for events for families and professionals; resources for families; and information about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. September 9th (9/9/2010) is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day. Show your support by making a pledge to be alcohol-free during your pregnancy or go to one of the local events.
- Utah Newborn Safe Haven
Utah state law provides a secret, safe haven for your newborn. See the video that describes the law along with TV commericals in .wmv format or .mp4 format or .mov format.
- Women, Infants & Children (WIC)
Provides food for breastfeeding moms and their children. They have a video in English and Spanish about taking folic acid (ácido fólico) to prevent birth defects.
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