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
Please help us help other women by becoming a Friend of Motherisk. There are many ways to give.
You can support Motherisk by making a donation using our secure online Motherisk donation form.
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555 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5G 1X8.
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Whichever way you choose, please make your gift today.
Every day, Motherisk counsellors answer calls from hundreds of women and their doctors, seeking important information about the safety or risk of common medications, drugs, medicinal plants, chemicals, infections and other agents that might affect their unborn children. Some of the questions are easy -- our advice reassuring. Others are a lot harder.
As you might guess, not every question has a ready answer. Each day, women and their doctors are faced with new drugs and diseases that simply have not been studied for their potential risk to the unborn. Yet mothers-to-be desperately need to know, if they are to make informed choices that will affect them and their children for life.
That's why at Motherisk, research is a vital part of what we do. Right now, pioneering research is underway to establish the risks infectious diseases and their treatment during pregnancy, determine the safety of herbal products such as echinacea, and establish once and for all the devastating effects of acute morning sickness in pregnancy.
And the research, education and counselling that we're doing are paying off.
Since 1985, Motherisk has
- delivered authoritative and often reassuring information about the safety of important drugs for women with chronic conditions, such as epilepsy, arthritis and depression,
- disproved traditional "wisdom" that debilitating morning sickness is "all in a women's head" and advocated safe and effective treatment,
- established Ontario's first diagnostic program for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome,
- created Canada's first pilot program to diagnose and treat chicken pox in pregnancy, and
- helped hundreds of women avoid termination of wanted pregnancies.
"Last December, I sought your help regarding a couple of tranquilizers I had taken within the first few weeks of my pregnancy. The prescribing doctor and a well-respected obstetrician had suggested that I abort the pregnancy. As a result of your advice, my husband and I are the ecstatic parents of a beautiful, healthy baby girl. I cannot thank you enough..." - From a Motherisk patient
Yet for each woman we can and do help, many more remain beyond our reach. We just don't have the people and resources to help them all.
Nor do we have the research dollars it takes to answer critical questions about the risks of new drugs, herbal remedies and chemicals in the workplace, and the link between maternal infection and fetal malformation.
That's why we need your help. Your gift today can help us handle the daily flood of calls from concerned and caring women and men, reach out to all women of child-bearing age, including the young and less fortunate in our very own community, and uncover life-saving answers through controlled research.
Your support will also ensure that there will be someone there when you or someone you love needs our special brand of guidance, help and hope.
"I cried when I read an announcement about your NVP (morning sickness) helpline. I suffered with severe morning sickness twice. I was lucky and now have 2 beautiful, healthy daughters. I still look at my girls for signs of abnormalities due to being so ill... I wish I had known where to turn." - A Motherisk caller