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MotherToBaby MA

The Genesis Foundation for Children is proud to fund MotherToBaby – MA (formerly known as the Pregnancy Exposure InfoLine or PEIL).


MotherToBaby is a confidential, free information service that is dedicated to providing clinicians, pregnant women, and their families, across all of New England, with reliable information about the potential risks of exposures before and during pregnancy.

How Does It Work?

MotherToBaby Massachusettes

MotherToBaby offers a way for women and their families to obtain up to date information about these questions, as well as reassurance about exposures which are not associated with birth defects. The line is operated by Patricia Markland Cole, MPH who addresses concerns in a non-judgmental manner on common daily exposures such as hair dyes, paint, and herbal supplements, to more complex exposures including illicit drugs, medications, chemicals, and more. Healthcare providers are also able to access our services so that they may wisely prescribe medications and educate their own patients.


To reach MotherToBaby MA, please call 1-800-322-5014 for Massachusetts and Rhode Island area, and 781-466-8474 (outside of Massachusetts area).

MotherToBaby Massachusetts Staff

Patricia Markland-Cole, MPH

Ms. Patricia Markland-Cole is the Program Coordinator for the MothertoBaby Massachusetts program. She obtained her BS degree in Biology from Simmons College in Boston, MA and her MPH in Maternal and Child Health from Boston University School of Public Health. She has been serving the families of New England as a teratogen counselor since 2001 and provides oversight for the day-to-day functions and outreach of the program, as well as education for graduate students and other professionals. She is currently serving as a member of the Board of Directors for OTIS (Organization of Teratology Information Specialists) that provides national oversight of the MothertoBaby programs in the United States. She is also a member of the Research, Education and Marketing Committees for OTIS.