Released on: 12 May 2022
In response to today's Healthy Mum, Healthy Baby, Healthy Future report released today by the University of Birmingham, our Senior Policy Editor, Elizabeth Duff, said:
"It's absolutely vital that all expectant mothers have clear and up-to date information about the safety and efficacy of medicines in pregnancy and while breastfeeding. A lack of clarity can lead to uninformed decision making and increased levels of anxiety. Particular attention should be paid to ensuring that information is accessible to women at greater risk of poorer outcomes.
"The experience of the pandemic and the distribution of the Covid-19 vaccines showed how the Government, researchers, charities and agencies can work quickly together to spread accurate information to pregnant women. We urge all those working in this area to publish unambiguous information for both families and health professionals.
"NCT is a member of the Safer Medicines in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding consortium, led by the Government’s Medicines & Healthcare products Regulation Agency (MHRA), with a vision that all women will have access to accurate and accessible information to make informed decisions with their healthcare professional about taking medicines before or during pregnancy or breastfeeding."
You can read the report here.