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Motherisk Helplines

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 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in each of Canada's time zones OR 416-813-6780 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST for information about the risk or safety of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, herbal products, chemicals, x-rays, chronic disease and infections, and everyday exposures during pregnancy and while breastfeeding

  • Alcohol and Substance Use Helpline - 1-877-327-4636 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in each of Canada’s time zones.
    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 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.
    For information on "morning sickness" and how to treat it.
  • HIV and HIV Treatment in Pregnancy - 1-888-246-5840 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.
    For information about the possible effects of HIV and HIV treatment during pregnancy.

Motherisk Clinic

Clinic visits are BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please call 416-813-6780

Women are referred 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.

Brochures, posters and more

Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding is the best way to feed your infant.

The new Motherisk Breastfeeding Wallet Guide contains basic safety information on the use of certain medications and products while you are breastfeeding your baby. Motherisk is pleased to offer this new educational Guide to moms and their health care providers.

Individuals can get a sample Breastfeeding Wallet Guide by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Motherisk, The Hospital for Sick Children, 555 University Ave., Toronto, ON M5G 1X8.

Health care providers may use our Breastfeeding Wallet Guide order form.
I am Pregnant
The Motherisk Pregnancy Wallet Card contains basic information on risk/safety of products and medications in pregnancy. Well researched, up-to-date, handy and easy to read, the Wallet Card has been enthusiastically received by patients and doctors.

Individuals can get a Wallet Card be sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Motherisk, The Hospital for Sick Children, 555 University Ave.,Toronto, ON M5G 1X8.

Health-care providers may use our Wallet Card order form.
Alcohol and Substance Use in Pregnancy Helpline
The Alcohol and Substance Use in Pregnancy brochure and poster are now available.

The brochure is a 5 panel foldout with information about some of the myths vs facts about alcohol and substance use during pregnancy. English and French text on all brochures. The poster (14" x 18") is a handy size for doctor's offices, clinics, health units and community centres.

The materials are free. You pay only the cost of postage and handling.

Call the Alcohol Helpline at 1-877-327-4636 to order copies for your customers, clients and patients.
Alcohol Helpline
Alcohol Helpline refrigerator magnet (3" x 1½"). Postage and handling costs only. To order call 1-877-327-4636
NVP Helpline
NVP Helpline, 3-panel fold-out brochure for pregnant patients about nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (morning sickness). Free. To order call 1-800-436-8477.
HIV Healthline
The 4" x 9" postcard reminds women that if they are pregnant they have had unprotected sex. That means possible exposure to HIV. They can get more information by calling the Motherisk HIV Healthline. On the reverse side is information for doctors on how to enroll cases in our national HIV in Pregnancy Registry.

Postcards available in French. Small and large size posters also available (English only).

These items are free. To order call 1-888-246-5840.
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The information on this website is not intended as a substitute for the advice and care of your doctor or other health-care provider. Always consult your doctor if you have any questions about exposures during pregnancy and before you take any medications.

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