As a state-funded program, MotherToBaby CT provides free, confidential, up-to-date information on all types of exposures for women who are considering a pregnancy, pregnant, or nursing. This service can also provide information to health care providers.
Information is provided to callers by teratogen information specialists and/or genetic counselors.
Who Should Consider This Service?
Pregnant or breastfeeding women and their partners, those planning a pregnancy, individuals considering adoption and have questions about birth mom’s exposures or health care providers may contact this service for information regarding:
- Infectious diseases
- Medical conditions
- Use of drugs or alcohol
- Occupational and environmental exposures (referred to Occupational and Environmental Reproductive Hazards Clinic)
Some Common Questions
- Can the medicine I take affect my baby?
- What effect can drinking alcohol have on my baby?
- Can the medicines or chemicals that my partner is exposed to affect our getting pregnant or affect the baby?
- I received a varicella (chicken pox) vaccine and then found out I am pregnant. Is this harmful?
- Can the chemicals at my workplace hurt my pregnancy?
- I used ecstasy before I knew I was pregnant. Have I hurt my baby?
- Can I continue taking my medication when I’m breastfeeding?
What Can You Expect When You Call MotherToBaby CT?
- Your call will be kept confidential.
- You will be asked about all of your exposures to medications, chemicals, and illnesses. Please have available: doses, dates of exposure(s), and your last menstrual period or due date.
- You will be asked about your health, the health of your family members, and your previous pregnancies.
- Your case will be assigned to a counselor who will contact you with information about your exposure.
- In more complex cases, you may need to wait several days while information is collected and reviewed.
- Some callers are asked to come in for a detailed discussion if the information is extensive or complicated. This visit is free of charge.
- At a later date, you may be asked for information about the outcome of your pregnancy.
Occupational and Environmental Reproductive Hazards Clinic
MotherToBaby, CT is working with the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine to provide evaluations to prevent or reduce exposures at work that may have an effect on fertility, mother’s health, a pregnancy, and the baby’s development.
Evaluation of the workplace is especially helpful for individuals or couples who are considering pregnancy so that measures can be taken to prevent hazardous exposures prior to a pregnancy. However, evaluation is also helpful after you have learned that you are pregnant, so recommendations can be made to reduce or eliminate exposures that may be of concern.
A fee is charged for this consultation but is generally covered by most insurance.
The clinic can be contacted through MotherToBaby CT toll-free at 1-800-325-5391.
Facts to Remember
- Any woman who gets pregnant has a three to five percent chance to have a child with a medically significant birth defect.
- Most substances taken by an expectant mother will not harm the unborn baby. Some, however, may cause a birth defect or other problem if taken at a critical time in the pregnancy.
- For any exposure during pregnancy, the benefits must be weighed against the potential harm.
MotherToBaby CT is supported by the Connecticut Department of Health, UConn Health, and the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS).
Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Sharon Voyer Lavigne, M.S.
Other staff include teratogen counselors, as well as support staff.
Division of Medical Genetics
195 Farmington Avenue, Suite 3060
Farmington, CT 06030
Phone (Hartford Area):
An answering machine is available on the "800" line 24 hours a day, 800-325-5391.