Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

MotherToBaby New York West

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Medications & More During Pregnancy & Breastfeeding. Ask The Experts.

A New York State Lead Resource for Women who are Pregnant

Call 585-275-3638

Our hours are 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday. We accept calls from both the public and from health care providers.

Or you may send an email to: PEDECS@urmc.rochester.edu.

Richard K. Miller, PhD
MotherToBaby New York West Director
University of Rochester Medical Center

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

601 Elmwood Avenue,
Rochester, NY 14642-8668

Why our services are better

  • We care about you and your baby.
  • Our personalized, FREE counseling service is just a phone call away: 585-275-3638. Why search for answers elsewhere when you can talk directly to the experts about the most up-to-date research?
  • Having access to the most up-to-date information and research about medication safety can reduce mom’s anxiety, stress and worry.
  • The service provided by MotherToBaby promotes healthy behaviors and appropriate medication use during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
    • Peters, S., Lind, J.,  Humphrey, J., Friedman, J., Honein, M.,. Tassinari, M., Moore, C., Mathis L., Broussard, C., Safe lists for medications in pregnancy: inadequate evidence base and inconsistent guidance from Web-based information. Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety 2013
  • OTIS and its information service, MotherToBaby, are suggested resources by many agencies including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • More than 100,000 women and their health care providers seek information about birth defect prevention from OTIS and MotherToBaby every year.
  • Health care professionals find the service provided by MotherToBaby to be an important component in the management of their patients’ pregnancies.
    • Einarson A, Park A, Koren G. How physicians perceive and utilize information from a teratogen information service: The Motherisk Program. BMC Medical Education 2004;4(6).
    • Frost Widnes SK, Schjott J. Drug use in pregnancy--physicians' evaluation of quality and clinical impact of drug information centres. Eur J Clin Pharmacol 2009;65(3):303-8.

Mission Statement

MotherToBaby New York West, a service of the non-profit Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS), is dedicated to providing evidence-based information to mothers, health care professionals, and the general public about medications and other exposures during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.

History of OTIS/MotherToBaby

The Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS) was established in 1987 as a way of connecting world-renowned experts in the field of birth defects research to the general public. In 2013, OTIS launched MotherToBaby as its information service. Today, affiliates around the world provide the most cutting-edge and up-to-date information about medications, chemicals, herbal products, illicit drugs, alcohol, diseases and much more during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. OTIS and its information service, MotherToBaby, are suggested resources by many agencies including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Meet our Advisory Board

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