Reducing exposure to environmental toxicants before birth: moving from risk perception to risk reduction.

Author Name: 
Grason HA and Misra DP. 2009.
Publication Date: 
Friday, October 9, 2009
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Description: 
In this commentary, the authors considered approaches to reducing maternal exposure to hazardous environmental toxicants, focusing on risk communication to pregnant women and providers, but also identification and reduction of environmental toxicants in the community. They reviewed the literature and addressed these questions: (1) what do pregnant women and their providers know about environmental toxicants and perinatal health (literacy), and (2) what policy strategies are needed to move forward in risk reduction in this area? This article describes a range of policy strategies that could address environmental toxicants in the context of perinatal health. While the body of research about what pregnant women and their providers know about environmental toxicants and perinatal health is limited, evidence of reproductive and perinatal toxicity has accumulated to a point where leadership and action are necessary. Effective leadership in this area will likely require collaboration of both environmental health and maternal and child health leaders and organizations. (Martin, J. 2013)