Who uses medication?
There are many reasons why a parent may need or choose to take medications during pregnancy and the postpartum period.
Unfortunately, many parents don’t know that medication use can be a safe and viable option. Parents also can feel a tremendous amount of shame and guilt when considering medication use in pregnancy and lactation.
Needing medication is not a weakness.
Whether you are considering continuing a current medication or starting a new one, this can feel like an overwhelming decision. Talking to someone you trust is important.
Some people who can help you take the next step include your:
Local Perinatal Specialists
The individuals listed below have participated in extensive training in perinatal mental health, with specific focus on medication management.
Laurie Arndorfer, MD
Becky Schayes CNM, ARNP
Bellingham Natural Family Medicine
You can call the providers directly, or discuss the option of a referral with other members of your support team.
Two evidence-based and thoughtful online resources for parents:
MOTHER TO BABY
Website offers evidence-based information about medications and other exposures during pregnancy and lactation. Parents can talk with an Information Specialist directly via call, text, or live chat.
INFANT RISK CENTER
Consumers can call the center directly to receive information about medication use in pregnancy and lactation. The website also offers a ton of helpful articles!