Dr Mered­ith Ward

AGE 47 NEONATOLOG­IST, ROYAL HOSPITAL FOR WOMEN AND CLIN­I­CIAN AT CHEM­I­CAL USE I N PREGNANCY SER­VICE

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

Dr Ward is a neonatolog­ist who cares for the tini­est and sick­est ba­bies in in­ten­sive care but is also part of team in­ves­ti­gat­ing safer drugs for ad­dicted preg­nant women to min­imise risks to their un­born ba­bies.

“There are two dif­fer­ent opi­oid re­place­ments,” she said.

“One is buprenor­phine, which you don’t need to take every day, but not great ev­i­dence on safety con­cerns.

“We also have safety con­cerns about how safe methadone is for the baby’s brain dur­ing pregnancy. We need to see which is the safer drug to use.”

Grow­ing up in the Blue Moun­tains, Dr Ward was for­tu­nate enough to have a fa­ther who was a sci­en­tist at the CSIRO.

“He’d take me to work and I’d hang out at the lab, so I grew up with the con­cept of sci­ence,” she said.

Dr Ward is a mother of two. “I want the world to be a fair and just and hap­pier place and when I have ideas that might help with that, I ex­plore them,” she said.

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