What is MotherToBaby Georgia?

MotherToBaby Georgia provides free, confidential, reliable information from experts in pregnancy risk assessment.  MotherToBaby Georgia, a service of the non-profit Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS), answers your questions about medications, drugs of abuse, alcohol, or illnesses and other exposures during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.

Call Toll-FREE (855) 789-6222

Se habla Español por favor llame:  (866) 626-6847

Who should consider this service?

  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women and their partners
  • Women planning a pregnancy
  • Health Care Providers: physicians, nurses, midwives, other health care professionals
  • Adoption agencies
  • Anyone interested in knowing more about Mother to Baby

Why call MotherToBaby?

  • If you have questions about over-the-counter or prescription medications
  • If you are sick and wonder if your illness might affect your baby
  • If you had some alcohol to drink and are worried about how this might affect your baby
  • If you are a prospective adoptive parent

What can you expect when you call?

We provide up-to-date, evidence-based information.  You will talk with one of the following experts in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine, Center for Maternal Substance Abuse and Child Development (MSACD)
Karen Kuehn Howell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Maternal Substance Abuse and Child Development
Patricia Olney, MS, CGC
Pregnancy Risk Specialist
Certified Genetic Counselor
Claire D. Coles, Ph.D
Professor and Director
Maternal Substance Abuse and Child Development

Facts to Remember

  • With each pregnancy, a woman has a 3-4 percent chance to have a baby with a birth defect.
  • Most substances taken by an expectant mother will not harm the unborn baby.  However, some exposures may cause a birth defect or other problem if taken at a critical time in the pregnancy.
  • The information we provide at MotherToBaby Georgia should not take the place of medical care and advice from your health care provider.
  • For any exposure during pregnancy, the benefits must be weighed against the potential harm.

Contact Information

Call Toll-FREE (855) 789-6222 

Monday – Friday 9:00 am to 3:00pm

If your call is received after hours, it will be returned by the next business day.

Se habla Español por favor llame:  (866) 626-6847

Email us:  mothertobaby@emory.edu

Visit us online at: www.MotherToBabyGA.org

Learn more at: emory.edu/msacd

MotherToBaby Research Study

 If you’re pregnant, and interested in volunteering for a MotherToBaby research study conducted by OTIS at University of San Diego, CA, please call toll-free (866) 626-6847 and press option 2