January 31, 2017

My Healthy Life Podcast: Episode 8 – Reducing the Risk of Birth Defects

Can I dye my hair? Can I get a flu shot? Should I keep taking this medication–should I stop taking this medication? Am I putting my baby at risk of developing a birth defect? Taking care of your baby starts with taking care of yourself–and asking questions is a great place to start.

Not every birth defect is preventable but women can be proactive and take steps to reduce the risk of birth defects for those that are preventable. In honor of Birth Defects Prevention Awareness Month (January), experts Jennifer Vickery and Lorrie Harris-Sagaribay with Mission Health’s Genetics Center Education joined us for this episode of My Healthy Life.

Episode 8 – Reducing the Risk of Birth Defects



Jennifer is the North Carolina Preconception Health Campaign Coordinator for the western region. Jennifer empowers women, parents and parents-to-be through group education and information sessions about reproductive life planning. She also holds trainings on preconception health topics for healthcare providers across western North Carolina. Jennifer loves helping both men and women understand the value of making and having a plan, not just for a healthy pregnancy, but for a healthy reproductive life.

sagaribay-harris_lorrie_170127Lorrie is a teratogen information specialist and the coordinator for MotherToBaby North Carolina. Lorrie’s passion is providing women with the information they need to make informed decisions from beginning to end during their pregnancy journey to help reduce the risk of birth defects.

MotherToBaby is a resource every mom, mom-to-be or parent and parent-to-be should know, use and love. MotherToBaby is available by phone, text, website, online chat, email and even can be downloaded from the app store straight to your Android or Apple device.

Connect with MotherToBaby
Toll Free: (800) 532-6302
Text: (855) 999-3525

Download the MotherToBaby app for Android or IOS.
Visit mothertobabync.org to explore resources or live chat with an expert online. Download and print the Fact Sheets.

Connect with Every Woman NC

For a list of community offerings and trainings, visit everywomannc.com or call (828) 213-0031. Providers can request group sessions in the western North Carolina region; credits and CEUs are available.