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WHAT YOUR OB-GYN'S OFFICE PROBABLY KNOWS AND MAY NOT SHARE:
Based upon studies that are being conducted within the academic and medical community, most obstetricians are well aware that toxic environmental contaminants pose risks for their pregnant patients. Most are not addressing these risks with their patients - often due to lack of knowledge. This is from a recent study of OB-GYNs published by the National Institutes of Health:
RESULTS: The majority (78%) of obstetricians agreed that they can reduce patient exposures to environmental health hazards by counseling patients; but 50% reported that they rarely take an environmental health history; less than 20% reported routinely asking about environmental exposures commonly found in pregnant women in the U.S.; and only 1 in 15 reported any training on the topic. Barriers to counseling included: a lack of knowledge of and uncertainty about the evidence; concerns that patients lack the capacity to reduce harmful exposures; and fear of causing anxiety among patients.
Water for Moms has created a brochure to address these issues. To receive our brochure, "The Quick Start Guide to Protecting Your Fetus and Child from Environmental Contaminants", email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Simply put "Brochure" in the subject line. No other information is needed.
WHAT YOUR OB-GYN'S OFFICE SHOULD KNOW:
Every person in the United States is exposed to toxic contaminants through water, food, consumer products, air and soil. As studies have demonstrated, fetuses are being bombarded with environmental contaminants that are residing in their mother's bodies.
In October 2013, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists issued Committee Opinion 575, “Exposure to Toxic Environmental Agents”, which addressed this exposure through the water we drink (tap and bottled), air, food, soil and dust. In the opinion, The Committee stated:
Patient exposure to toxic environmental chemicals and other stressors is ubiquitous.
Reducing exposure to toxic environmental agents is a critical area of intervention for obstetricians, gynecologists, and other reproductive health care professionals.
Preconception and prenatal exposure to toxic environmental agents can have a profound and lasting effect on reproductive health across the life course.
The Committee identified the following reproductive and health problems associated with exposure to these contaminants:
Miscarriage and stillbirth.
Impaired fetal growth and low birth weight.
Who else is discussing and/or suggesting home water filters for pregnant women and young children? The US National Institutes of Health, US Department on Women's Health, US EPA, Physicians for Social Responsibility, American Academy of Pediatrics, many consumer and advocacy groups, and even the President's Cancer Panel.