A teratogen is any medicine, chemical, infectious disease or environmental agent that could interfere with the development of a fetus during pregnancy. Exposure to a teratogen may result in a loss of the pregnancy, a birth defect or pregnancy complications.
Common teratogens include:
The genetic specialists at Riley at IU Health offer teratogen consultation for expecting parents. To help avoid or address risk of damage to your unborn child, Riley at IU Health provides up-to-date information through the MotherToBaby IN service. This is a telephone inquiry service, available to anyone seeking information about teratogens including doctors, nurses, midwives and women who are pregnant, nursing or thinking about becoming pregnant.
To reach MotherToBaby IN simply call 317.274.1071. The MotherToBaby IN phone line is staffed by genetic counselors and geneticists.
When you call, the MotherToBaby IN coordinator will ask for the following information:
The MotherToBaby IN service is available Monday–Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. There is no fee for the teratogen consultation service.