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MotherToBaby UR Medicine

MotherToBaby UR Medicine - Medications and More During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding - Ask the Experts

A Resource for Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, their families, and their health care providers (Physicians, Nurse Midwives, Pharmacists, Nurses, and all professionals caring for women in their reproductive years).

Call (585) 275-3638 or 1 (844) 352-3420 (toll-free)

Or email

Our hours are 9:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday.

We welcome calls from both the public and from health care providers in English, Spanish, and other languages or emails from families who are hard of hearing or deaf.

MotherToBaby UR Medicine
University of Rochester Medical Center

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

601 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, NY 14642

Hurricane Information for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Mothers

We are quite concerned about all families in the path of recent hurricanes as well as their efforts to rebuild and return to normal.
For those Families with pregnant and breastfeeding mothers and with children, please review the following information.
Are you Pregnant (or Breastfeeding) and Affected by Hurricane Harvey?
Keeping Children Safe after Hurricane Harvey
Mantener a los niños seguros después del Huracán Harvey

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If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call us at (585) 275-3638.


Lead and Pregnancy - New videos available on the latest recommendations to reduce and eliminate lead exposures before and during pregnancy:

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CDC Poster - Zika, What We Know And What We Don't

CDC Poster - Pregnant and Living in an Area with Zika?

CDC Poster - Pregnant? Read This Before You Travel

FDA Approves Fortified Corn Products

Fighting the Bite: Avoiding Zika in Pregnancy

Valerie Garrison, a former member of our outreach team, has taken a position as Healthy Start Project Director with Healthy Baby Network (  Healthy Start is a Federally funded program which works to prevent infant mortality in 87 communities with infant mortality rates at least 1.5 times the national average and high rates of low birthweight, preterm birth, maternal mortality and maternal morbidity. We wish Valerie all the best in her new position!

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Why Contact our Service?

  • We care about you and your baby.Nurse with Mom and Baby
  • Our personalized 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 and other occupational and environmental exposures can reduce mom’s anxiety, stress and worry.
  • The service provided by MotherToBaby UR Medicine, as one of 19 centers across the United States, promotes healthy behaviors and appropriate medication use during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
  • MotherToBaby resources are suggested 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 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.
    • Schaefer, C, Peters, PW, Miller, RK (EDS) – Drugs During Pregnancy and Lactation: Treatment Options and Risk Assessment,  Academic Press, Inc.  2015
    • Lawrence, RA - "Breastfeeding: A Guide for the Medical Profession" 8th Edition 2015

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Mission Statement

MotherToBaby UR Medicine is a service of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry, in Rochester, New York staffed by Teratologists, Pharmacologists/ Toxicologists, Pharmacists, Obstetricians and Pediatricians who specialize in prenatal exposures and breastfeeding.

History of MotherToBaby

MotherToBaby UR Medicine was developed to meet the needs of women who are planning a pregnancy, are pregnant, or are currently breastfeeding, their families, and their health care providers. We receive calls from around the world concerning therapeutic, environmental, and occupational exposures for women, with a focus on women living in New York State, New Jersey, or Pennsylvania.

Since 1987, Dr. Richard K. Miller has directed the service. Dr. Ruth Lawrence joined the service in 1995 and Norma Barton joined in 2003. Today, affiliates around the world provide the most cutting-edge and up-to-date information about medications, chemicals, herbal products, illicit drugs, alcohol, diseases, environmental and occupational exposures, and much more during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. MotherToBaby UR Medicine is affiliated with the Finger Lakes Children's Environmental Health Center as well as the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Meet our Team

Click here to meet the team.

Our Services

Learn about the services MotherToBaby can provide to you!

Also visit UR Medicine Breastfeeding and Lactation Clinic's website or call (585) 276-MILK.


Fact Sheets a variety of medications, occupational, and environmental exposures from MotherToBaby:

The Finger Lakes Children's Environmental Health Center (FLCEHC) has a myriad of resources for women and families.  Click here to check them out!

Research and Outreach

Study addressing issues to provide services to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community

We are seeking mothers who are pregnant or have recently delivered and are breastfeeding to participate in a Focus Group on how to better provide services to these mothers and families. You would be asked to participate in a two (2) hour meeting.

Please contact us at (585) 275-3638 or 1 (844) 352-3420 (toll-free) or email for more information.

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