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Pregnancy Risk Network of Ferre Institute:

Working with women, families, and healthcare providers to reduce birth defects

PRN Mission Statement:
To be an accessible, comprehensive New York State teratogen information service providing information and counseling about harmful exposures related to pregnancy and breastfeeding, and communicating up-to date accurate information in an understandable way.

The Pregnancy Risk Network (PRN) is a comprehensive teratogen service funded by the NYS Department of Health and is a program of Ferre Institute located in Binghamton, NY.

The PRN is staffed by trained teratogen information specialists and genetic counselors who provide information about possible effects of medications, maternal illness, drugs and other exposures on the developing embryo/fetus and newborn. This service is provided to residents of New York who are pregnant, who are planning a pregnancy, or who are breastfeeding, and to their health care providers.

There are many exposures in pregnancy. Few are known teratogens. Reliable information about exposures can be difficult to find and challenging to interpret. At PRN specific conditions and factors relating to an exposure are considered in order to better understand what impact, if any, an exposure may have on pregnancy.

Teratogen Information Specialists at Pregnancy Risk Network have access to authoritative databases and medical literature, a team of genetic counselors and a network of national experts in the field of teratology (the scientific study of the causes of birth defects.)

To make this information accessible to all of New York State PRN is reaching out to underserved communities through the established relationships with family planning agencies, prenatal care programs, community health clinics, and genetic services across the state. PRN has a long history of collaborating with many other NYS agencies committed to reducing the impact of birth defects:

Pregnancy Risk Network is an affiliate of MotherToBaby and the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS).

Information for this site provided by Erin Houghton, MS, CGC, Genetic Counselor and Lindsey Morse, MS, CGC, Genetic Counselor Ferre Institute, Inc

All rights reserved. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of Ferre Institute's privacy policy. The information provided on this site is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her existing physician.

Last Modified: March 18, 2013