1-877-327-4636 Alcohol and Substance
1-800-436-8477 Morning Sickness
1-888-246-5840 HIV and HIV Treatment
1-877-439-2744 Motherisk Helpline
416-813-6780 Motherisk Helpline
Pregnancy & Breastfeeding Resources
Current Studies at Motherisk
Study seeks women between 4 and 12 weeks in their pregnancy with morning sickness (NVP)
Pregnancy in Women with Multiple Sclerosis
Environmental Exposures and Children's Health
Alcohol Use during Pregnancy
Control of Hypertension in Pregnancy Study
Folic Acid Before and During Pregnancy
Lamisil in Pregnancy
Meridia in Pregnancy
Autoimmune Diseases in Pregnancy Project
Health PromotionAt Motherisk, health promotion means-
Every weekday, Motherisk counsellors share evidence-based information with women and health-care providers who call these Motherisk Helplines --
Motherisk Helpline, proudly sponsored by Shoppers Drug Mart (1-877-439-2744; 416-813-6780), provides information about the risk or safety of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, herbal products, chemicals, x-rays, chronic disease and infections during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.
- Alcohol and Substance Use Helpline - 1-877-327-4636
for information about the fetal effects of alcohol, nicotine and drugs like marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy.
- Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy Helpline - 1-800-436-8477
for information on "morning sickness" and how to treat it.
- HIV and HIV Treatment in Pregnancy - 1-888-246-5840
for information about the possible effects of HIV and HIV treatment during pregnancy.
These Helplines are open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST. The Alcohol and Substance Use Helpline is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in each of Canada's time zones.
Each week 10 to 20 women come to the Motherisk Clinic in Toronto following exposure to known or suspected teratogens (substances that cause abnormalities in the developing fetus), new unfamiliar drugs, chronic drug therapy or drugs of abuse. Clinic visits are BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, (416 813-6780).
Continuing Medical Education
Motherisk plays a major role in educating family physicians, obstetricians and other health professionals. Motherisk is also a frequent presenter at professional workshops, seminars and national/international scientific meetings.
During the academic year, Motherisk trains undergraduate and graduate students from the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Toronto, as well postgraduate trainees from Canada and abroad. For information about these training programs contact Motherisk's Assistant Director at email@example.com
Collaborative Research and Publication
Motherisk works with research partners throughout Canada and around the world. Motherisk research groups include CCoPE for research into cancer in pregnancy, the HIV Network and Registry and FACE (Fetal Alcohol Canadian Expertise) that promotes collaborative research into the causes and effects of alcohol related birth defects.
Motherisk findings are published in peer-reviewed journals such as JAMA and the New England Journal of Medicine. Many of our publications are referenced throughout this Web site with links to the abstracts of the articles or the full text.
Motherisk works in partnership with health and aid associations to deliver an innovative early intervention program called Breaking the Cycle. This is the first program in Canada to provide integrated services and support for addicted mothers and their children. At Breaking the Cycle, women have access to addiction counselling, developmental services, medical services, parent relief and parenting education and support.
Motherisk also participates in community health fairs and forums. Please call us if you are organizing a community event and we will send you Motherisk brochures and posters. We may even be able to arrange for a Motherisk speaker to talk to your group about drugs during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.