Medical care during pregnancy and breastfeeding is lacking proper data and approximately 90% of pregnant women take medicine without knowing the consequences. A lack of data and research in this field means that both clinicians and patients do not have the tools or the specialist knowledge to make informed decisions when it comes to taking medication during pregnancy. To really shift medical thinking and address our concerns as healthcare professionals, collaboration between all stakeholders – from clinicians to patients – is key.
Numerous initiatives conducted to develop standards and collect data have not provided the all-important risk-benefit information for prescribing medication during pregnancy. The barriers we currently face are limited awareness and insufficient training in the field. In addition, we are facing methodological issues in the acquisition of useable data, including a lack of standardisation and central data collection.
The Pregnancy & Medicine Initiative is an independent, nonprofit organization that aims to raise awareness and help address the information vacuum concerning the use of medicines and medical treatment in pregnancy.
We serve as an enabler, by connecting individuals, groups, and initiatives across the field of healthcare, we aim to bring this issue to the top of the healthcare agenda and facilitate the conversation around:
To achieve this, we need to:
Break the Silence: Start a conversation with future parents and healthcare professionals about pregnancy and medication.
Collect the data: Help collect and share the experiences of pregnant women and healthcare professionals on one platform that is open to all.
Collaborate to find new solutions: Connect people who share a passion for changing the way decisions are made about pregnancy, treatment, and medication.
Providing guidance to others in their efforts to improve maternal & neonatal health
Synergist Programmes Director