J Korean Soc Matern Child Health.  2019 Oct;23(4):209-219. 10.21896/jksmch.2019.23.4.209.

Korean Mothersafe Center 10th Anniversary: Outcome and Future Prospects

Affiliations
  • 1Korean MotherSafe Counseling Center, Seoul, Korea. salt42@hanmail.net
  • 2National Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.
  • 3Dongtan Cheil Hospital, Hwasung, Korea.
  • 4JEI University, Incheon, Korea.
  • 5Ilsin Christian Hospital, Busan, Korea.
  • 6Chonnam National University Medical School, Gwangju, Korea.
  • 7Miz Women's Hospital, Daejeon, Korea.
  • 8Catholic University of Daegu School of Medicine, Daegu, Korea.
  • 9Mam's Women's Hospital, Ulsan, Korea.
  • 10Pharmacists for Children and Women's Health, Korea, Yongin, Korea.

Abstract

PURPOSE
The purpose of this report is to organize the history of Korean Mothersafe, a professional teratology information center. Throughout its domestic and international activities, Mothersafe has firm role to write journals and books, to provide counseling, to run educational courses on maternal and fetal toxicology, and so on. This paper delineates the achievements in last ten years and discusses the vision of Mothersafe.
METHODS
In order to formulate the accomplishments of Korean Mothersafe, the volume of counseling calls are carefully reviewed by their contents, counselees, and the consultation results, etc. Textbooks and journals based on the data from Mothersafe are evaluated. Other roles of the Mothersafe, such as hosting symposium and running public programs are also noted.
RESULTS
Korean Mothersafe provided 76,555 counseling to 45,933 expectant women and 30,622 breast-feeding women. The database has total 52,130 enrollments from 2010 to 2019. A total of 33 papers are published regarding medication, alcohol, smoking, radiation, etc. A specialized book on maternal-fetal toxicology was published and teratology part of obstetrics textbook was updated. Education programs and symposiums were held and primary care programs for expectant parents are run by Mothersafe.
CONCLUSION
Korean Mothersafe has contributed to safe environments for numerous pregnant and breast-feeding women regarding medication, drinking, smoking, and other hazardous substances. The huge database provided evidence for researches, textbooks and seminars, etc. Korean Mothersafe is now facing a new challenge to go forward through social dynamics with many issues regarding prevention and continuance of pregnancy, abortion, and so on.

Keyword

Pregnancy; Breast-feeding; Medications; Counseling
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