Prescription Drugs May Cause One Third of All Birth Defects


Up to a third of all birth defects may be linked to prescription drugs, according to a review of the evidence published in The Obstetrician and Gynaecologist. Antidepressant use in late pregnancy is associated with neonatal complications such as premature birth, feeding problems, respiratory distress syndrome, endocrine and metabolic disorders and temperature regulation disorders. The review concludes that the evidence base for using prescription drugs in pregnancy is limited.

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Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].


  1. With (rougly) one out of ten Americans on antidepressants; one in five on some form of pscyotropics, we have a problem on our hands.

    Particularly, when you consider one in four women are on some form of psychotropic drug, many of whom are of child-bearing years.

    Amy Philo has a good site, Unite for Life –

    She’s been doing her part to get the word out for many years.
    Hopefully, the medical community will begin to listen.


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