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Risks of untreated depression in pregnancy

In my family practice, I tell my female patients of reproductive age who have depression that untreated depression in pregnancy might be more harmful than the unproven risks of antidepressants. However, I recently read in a national news magazine that there is actually no evidence for this advice. Have I missed something?

You did not miss anything, so you should continue to advise your pregnant patients as before. more »


View free on-line training to help you assess the treatment and counseling needs of your pregnant patients.

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Advances in Secondary Prevention of In Utero Drug and Alcohol Exposure Learn more »

Fetal Alcohol Research

In Canada the incidence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is estimated to be 1 in 100 live births. FASD is the leading cause of developmental and cognitive disabilities in Canada. A new study has estimated direct and indirect costs associated with FASD at the patient level.

The Burden of Prenatal Exposure to Alcohol »
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In 2015 Motherisk will celebrate 30 Years of Research and Counselling

Since 1985 Motherisk has helped to ensure the well-being of mothers and babies, worldwide.

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