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Is my medication still ok to take if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding? What about marijuana? Is it ok?
These are questions Chris Stallman, a mom just like you, hears every day through her work as a genetic counselor and teratogen information specialist, which is a fancy way of saying she's an expert in anything a woman might come in contact with and its known risks during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. She's part of a non-profit service called MotherToBaby and in The MotherToBaby Podcast, she’ll answer your burning questions about what’s ok and what’s not during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
No judgment. No topics are off-limits. Subscribe to The MotherToBaby Podcast and learn more at www.MotherToBaby.org.

The MotherToBaby Podcast Organization of Teratology Information Specialists

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.1 • 10 Ratings

Is my medication still ok to take if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding? What about marijuana? Is it ok?
These are questions Chris Stallman, a mom just like you, hears every day through her work as a genetic counselor and teratogen information specialist, which is a fancy way of saying she's an expert in anything a woman might come in contact with and its known risks during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. She's part of a non-profit service called MotherToBaby and in The MotherToBaby Podcast, she’ll answer your burning questions about what’s ok and what’s not during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
No judgment. No topics are off-limits. Subscribe to The MotherToBaby Podcast and learn more at www.MotherToBaby.org.

    Chlorine, Sunscreen, Mosquitos & Pregnancy

    Chlorine, Sunscreen, Mosquitos & Pregnancy

    Kirstie Perrotta, MPH, and Angela Messer, MS, join host Chris Stallman, CGC in this special "summer grab bag" of topics related to common summer activities during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Our guest experts talk about everything from chlorine and sunscreen to Zika. 
    Kirstie Perrotta, MPH, is an information specialist at MotherToBaby California, where she provides counseling by phone and chat. She received her Masters in Public Health (MPH) from the University of San Francisco, and has worked in the field of reproductive health for over 9 years. Kirstie currently serves as a member of the MotherToBaby Emerging Issues Task Force (EITF). Her interests include vaccines, infectious disease, and mental health during pregnancy.
    Angela Messer, MS, is an information specialist with MotherToBaby California. She earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from Chapman University and her graduate degree from Kansas State University in academic advising/counseling. Angela has been with MotherToBaby since 2009, with experience in both research and counseling. She appreciates the opportunity to speak with people who are pregnant and/or breastfeeding and healthcare professionals regarding exposures and medications, and holds a special interest in stress and anxiety in pregnancy and breastfeeding.

    • 12 min
    Wildfires, Pollution and the Impact on Pregnancy

    Wildfires, Pollution and the Impact on Pregnancy

    Rebecca J. Schmidt, PhD, a molecular epidemiologist at UC Davis, joins host Chris Stallman, CGC, to talk about research surrounding wildfires, pollution and the effects on pregnancy. Dr. Schmidt also gives some information on a DIY project to reduce pollutants in your own home. 
    Resources Mentioned in this Episode:
    How to build a Corsi-Rosenthal Box: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIuH-2naozI 
    "Keeping Your Cool When Fire Season Heats Up," MotherToBaby Blog

    • 19 min
    Maternal Mental Health

    Maternal Mental Health

    Psychiatric nurse practitioner, Becky Spencer, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC, IBCLC, PMH-C, FILCA joins host Chris Stallman, CGC, to talk about maternal mental health, how common postpartum mental health challenges are and what to do to get help. 
    Resources mentioned in this episode:
    Postpartum Support International
    MotherToBaby Maternal Mental Health Hub

    • 25 min
    Nurse Family Partnership

    Nurse Family Partnership

    In this special episode, MotherToBaby Podcast host, Chris Stallman, CGC, introduces listeners to Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) an evidence-based, community health program with 45 years of research showing significant improvements in the health and lives of first-time moms and their children affected by social and economic inequality. Guests, Marie James and Savannah Bertrand, talk about the impact NFP has had on their lives and how the parents can find a local NFP nurse where they live.  
    Marie James, MHA, MHEd, BSN, RN has more than 30 years of clinical, public health and program administrative experience. She currently serves as a Senior Manager, Nursing Practice with the National Service Office for Nurse-Family Partnership and Child First. 
    Savannah Bertrand, an NFP Parent Ambassador, was introduced to Western Wisconsin Nurse-Family Partnership Consortium in 2019 by her local WIC office after becoming pregnant with her second child and disclosing pre-existing mental health issues. Savannah says her NFP nurse gave her confidence to take care of her own mental health plus the reassurance that she would be an excellent parent.

    • 33 min
    Preeclampsia Foundation and MoMMA's Voices

    Preeclampsia Foundation and MoMMA's Voices

    Laney Poye and Trashaun Powell of the Preeclampsia Foundation share their personal stories and avenues for preeclampsia information with host, Chris Stallman, CGC.
    Laney Poye serves as the Director of Communications and Engagement for the Preeclampsia Foundation supporting their work to improve maternal healthcare and find a cure for families affected by hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. In addition to her many years of professional experience in maternal health patient advocacy, Laney also serves as a representative voice for women who have experienced infertility, IVF, and pregnancy loss.
    Trashaun Powell is a  maternal health advocate based in New Jersey. She survived a near-death pregnancy experience as a result of HELLP Syndrome. This resulted in the immediate birth of her daughter Mia Jane at 23 weeks. Unfortunately, due to Mia’s severe prematurity, she passed away 2 days later. Trashaun continues to amplify and illustrate her compelling childbirth experience of tragedy and hope.
    Resources mentioned in this episode:
    Preeclampsia Foundation Website
    MoMMA's Voices Website
    Episode 26: Preeclampsia, Eclampsia and Postpartum Preeclampsia

    • 25 min
    Healthy Start and Racial Disparities

    Healthy Start and Racial Disparities

    Lisa Bain and Chardá Bell of the Global Communities' Healthy Start program join host Chris Stallman to talk about breastfeeding, the racial and economic disparities affecting many communities across the nation and what they're doing about it in San Diego, CA.  

    • 19 min

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