The Utah Department of Health is celebrating 35 years for serving Utah moms and babies on pregnancy and breastfeeding concerns.
Friday the department reminded the public of a service they have that answers questions from women about medication concerns associated with pregnancy and breastfeeding.
The program, called “MotherToBaby Utah” is a free, anonymous service that uses all sorts of communications, such as telephone, texting, online chat and email to help women and healthcare providers about potentially harmful exposures during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.
They answer questions anonymously so moms feel comfortable asking anything from what medications she can take during pregnancy to whether she can continue using her antidepressants.
“We provide research-based information without judgment to help mom and baby have the best outcomes possible,” said Al Romeo, a teratology information specialist with the program.
Health officials say they have provided services to nearly 300,000 Utah moms and babies.
The program is designed to prevent negative and costly outcomes like abortions of otherwise wanted pregnancies, miscarriages, premature deliveries, low birth weight babies, birth defects, toxic effects on a breastfed infant, and decisions to unnecessarily avoid or interrupt breastfeeding.
For questions about medications and harmful exposures during pregnancy and while breastfeeding, call the MotherToBaby Utah program at 1-800-822-2229 or 801-328-2229, text 1-855-999-3525, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit https://mothertobaby.utah.gov/.
Staff and medical consultants are available to answer questions Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.