General Maternal and Child Health
MCH Library Releases Resource Guides About Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health
The Maternal and Child Health Library at Georgetown University presents a new resource on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health. The resource, known as a knowledge path, directs readers to a selection of current, high-quality resources about preventing, identifying, and eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in health. Health professionals, program administrators, policymakers, and researchers can use the knowledge path to learn more about racial and ethnic health disparities, health equity, and removing barriers to care; for program development; and to locate training resources and information to answer specific questions. To view the knowledge path, click here.
Women’s and Infant Health
Journal Features Safe Lists for Medications in Pregnancy
The journal Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety published a new report online, Safe Lists for Medications in Pregnancy: Inadequate Evidence Base and Inconsistent Guidance from Web-based Information, 2011. The report finds numerous internet websites post lists of medicines that are safe to take during pregnancy; however, these lists are based on limited evidence of harmful effects, including potential birth defects and provide inconsistent guidance for women. Half of the websites examined were missing a key message encouraging women to talk to their health care provider about using medicine during pregnancy. To view the article abstract, click here. To learn more about the use of medications during pregnancy, please see the Medication and Pregnancy page on the CDC website and the recent findings page on the National Birth Defects Prevention Study website.