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Infant Risk Center Helps Nervous Parents

For new moms, the answer to many questions about pregnancy or infancy, is just a phone call away.
AMARILLO --- For new moms, the answer to many questions about pregnancy or infancy, is just a phone call away.

 Doctor Thomas Hale created the Infant Risk Center about two years ago at the Texas Tech Laura W. Bush institute.

Doctor Hale says, "we've now taken in the last 24 months more than 20 thousand calls."

He says it's not just mom's who are looking for advice.

 About 30-40 percent of calls come from nurses and doctors, and the calls come from everywhere, not just the panhandle.

He says, "we get calls from everywhere in the world,  all over  Africa, Europe, and Australia."

 Doctor Hale says they have answers, when others might not.

Hale says, "it's just a simple fact that most physicians don't know about the use of drugs in pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.  It's too large an area.  They just can't know everything, but in this area we know our business and we know how to counsel these mothers or physicians."

 He says they get their information from a database Hale has been creating for more than 20 years.

 There are two phone counselors who get close to 50 calls a day.

 One of those, Cynthia Pride says recent events have caused a spike in that number.

She says, "the West, Texas accident that happened last week at the plant, from a lactation consultant that talked about the ammonia levels. Could that be dangerous to the babies that are breast feeding?"

 She says counselors always urge the caller to talk with their doctor.

 But in the meantime, the hotline can seem more like a lifeline.

If you have any questions, or would like more information, you can call the Infant Risk Center Monday-Friday from 8-5pm at (806) 352-2519.
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