Privacy overview

Private Data: When you create your IRCEP account, we require information that identifies you personally such as your name and email address. Your name and email address will never be shared with anybody outside of the IRCEP. Your password is encrypted from the moment you submit it. Therefore, no one else, apart from you, knows what your password is.

Shared Data: Shared Data is any information you provide on the IRCEP that is not Private Data. This includes any comments you make in the social forums and photos you submit in the IRCEP's site and/or the IRCEP's social media channels. Shared Data are shared publicly on the IRCEP to help other users. Also, unless you opt-out, we may share them with trusted the IRCEP partners, such as medical researchers and collaborators. Your name and email address will never be shared.

Statistical Data: We share statistics about our users publicly on the IRCEP and with trusted the IRCEP partners, such as medical researchers and collaborators. Your name and email address will never be shared.

Control your privacy: Do not publicly share information that can be used to identify or contact you. For example, do not openly write your last name or email address in a social forum or in a social media channel. Share publicly as much or as little about your experiences as you want without sharing name and email address.

Opt-out: of sharing Shared Data with trusted the IRCEP partners. After you log in, click the opt-out button at the end of this page if you prefer not to share your anonymous Shared Data. You will not find the opt-out button until you log in.

Privacy Policy

This policy is effective as of April 7, 2020

The IRCEP website is a source of information for pregnant and breastfeeding women, the people who love and support them, and the healthcare providers who care for them. Here, you can learn about the impact of medical conditions on pregnancy and lactation and the safety of the medications used to treat those conditions.

The IRCEP's privacy policy and transparency philosophy overview
The the IRCEP website is a source of information for pregnant and breastfeeding women, the people who love and support them, and the healthcare providers who care for them. Here, you can learn about the impact of medical conditions on pregnancy and lactation and the safety of the medications used to treat those conditions.

The IRCEP was created on the beliefs that:
1. Pregnant and breastfeeding women and their healthcare providers do not have enough real-world information to be able to weigh the risks and the benefits of using medical products (medications, vaccines, devices) during pregnancy and lactation in order to make informed healthcare decisions.

2. Pregnant and breastfeeding women are currently using medical products but there is little, if any, systematic collection and analysis of their experiences. Their information could inform and transform health care practice and result in healthier (and less worried) mothers and babies.

3. When you share information about your real-life health experiences on the IRCEP, you help others understand their options.

The IRCEP's privacy policy and transparency philosophy overview:
The success of the IRCEP depends on pregnant women’s participation. We know that women have concerns about privacy, and we take your privacy very seriously (see more information below). We want you to know exactly what we do with the information you share with us, so you will have the information you need to decide whether or not to use the website, including its programs and services. Remember, you are free to sign-up for the IRCEP’s programs once you create an account, regardless of whether you share additional information with us.

What kind of information we collect:
When you create a the IRCEP account, you create a profile that includes, at a minimum, your first name, password, and email address. After you log in, you can edit your profile by clicking on the “Edit Profile” tab, although you cannot edit the email address. You may also provide (it is not mandatory) your home city and state and phone number.
You may also want to use various features that collect and process certain personal or medical information, such as "My due date calculator", “My baby’s kick counter”, “My contraction timer”, "My Calendar", and "My address book". In addition, you may be asked to provide specific information about yourself pertinent to the question you are asking in the "Ask Our Experts" program, where you send a question to a the IRCEP expert.
We collect and use all of the information you provide on the IRCEP, and take reasonable security measures to protect that information. However, be mindful that any information you submit is transmitted through channels and third parties outside of our control and is done so at your own risk.
In addition, when you participate in the IRCEP's communities (social forums and social media channels), you may elect to share information, including your confidential information, although we discourage you from doing so. That information will be in the public domain and the IRCEP is not responsible for who might see or respond to it, nor is the IRCEP responsible for how this information is shared, reproduced, or disseminated by others.
The IRCEP may also periodically ask our members to complete short surveys about their experiences (including questions about products and services).
We may use cookies, beacons, and other tracking technologies to automatically collect information about you when you visit the IRCEP or use our services. We also collect information supplied by your computer when you come to the IRCEP. This information may include your IP address, web pages visited, browser type, web requests, browser language, operating system, exit/referring pages, number of clicks, platform information, and date and time of a page visit or date and time of request, time spent on and/or logged in to the IRCEP, links clicked, and other web site activity. We may combine such information with the personal information we have collected from you. We use cookies, beacons and other mechanisms to enhance tracking abilities and web features.
Similarly, information we collect, whether from message boards, surveys, etc., may be combined with other personal information we collect about you.

How data is used and who it is disclosed to:
The IRCEP is interested in better understanding our users’ experiences with medications and vaccines during pregnancy and breastfeeding to improve treatment options and health outcomes for everyone. The IRCEP may provide its data, in individual or aggregate format, to government agencies, academic and clinical researchers, and other third parties for use in scientific research and market research. When sharing aggregated data, the IRCEP removes personally identifiable information to reduce the likelihood of a particular member being identified. When sharing individual data, the IRCEP removes information generally used to identify a person (for example, name, birthdate, place of birth, and address) to reduce the likelihood of a particular member being identified. However, in the event of a rare pregnancy outcome (for example, a symptom affecting 1 in 10,000,000 woman), a member could possibly be identified just based on a description of the medical information about the outcome.
Survey responses are analyzed, and may be shared with and/or sold, without any personally identifiable information, to other parties for medical, marketing or commercial purposes. Participation in these surveys is voluntary (not required). Although the IRCEP uses your data internally, as needed, for research, it may also use your data internally for maintenance and operation of the programs and website and to create the best possible tools and functionality for users. The IRCEP may use a member’s data in the case of an emergency or other circumstance that we determine requires a member of the management team to directly contact the member. the IRCEP may share or disclose a member’s data: (1) to comply with valid legal requirements such as a law, regulation, search warrant, subpoena or court order; or (2) in special cases, such as a physical threat to you or others, a threat to homeland security, a threat to our system or network, or cases in which we believe it is reasonably necessary to investigate or prevent harm, fraud, abuse, or illegal conduct. The IRCEP, like most internet communities, is a public forum, and members acknowledge and accept that any information shared through free text or images might be viewed by anyone on the internet and may be able to be connected to the member. Members are cautioned to use discretion when entering personal information that can be viewed on the the IRCEP website. Because the value of the IRCEP is in sharing one’s experiences to help others, we hope that members feel comfortable participating in all of our programs to the benefit of themselves and others.

Deleting your information submitted to the the IRCEP communities
Please note that, in general, once you have submitted information to any of the IRCEP communities, we may not be able to delete that information from the Internet, since other users may have shared your submission. If you wish to remove your information from the IRCEP's communities, email us at We will consider your request on an individual basis and we may (but are not obligated to) take steps to delete your information.

Some of your information may be stored in archived or backup copies for our records or as required by law. We are not responsible or liable for the removal or deletion of (or the failure to remove or delete) any of the information that you provided to us. You can, of course, choose to unsubscribe from any email from the IRCEP via the link provided in the email.

Linking to other sites
Our services may contain links to other websites not owned or controlled by the IRCEP. the IRCEP is not responsible for the privacy practices of those websites. Any information you provide on another, third-party website is subject to that party's privacy policy, not ours. To protect your information, we recommend that you carefully review the privacy policies of other websites and services that you access.

Changes in our corporate structure
If all or part of the IRCEP is sold, merged or otherwise transferred to another entity, the personal information you have provided at this site will be transferred as part of that transaction.

Opt-out of sharing information with third parties
Allowing the IRCEP to share your anonymous submission information (your User Content, as more fully explained under the Terms and Conditions) with third parties may help improve the pregnancy and breastfeeding experience of other women. However, if you do not wish us to share your User Content with third parties, after you log-in you can opt-out of sharing your User Content with third parties. We will add a cookie (an invisible marker) to your browser so that we know not to share any future User Content you submit.

Opt-out of sharing your User Content to:
1) Stop sharing with third parties (you can still share on the IRCEP with other users),
2) Stop sharing from now on (information you submitted before opting-out may still be shared with third parties), or
3) Stop sharing individual information only (you can still be included in aggregate data we share with our partners).
Remember: Since we track your opt-out with a cookie, if you delete your cookies, you’ll need to opt-out again.
This website is hosted in the United States and is intended for and directed to users in the United States. If you are accessing the website from any other region with laws or regulations governing personal data collection, use, and disclosure, that differ from United States laws, please be advised that through your continued use of the Site, which is governed by U.S. law and this Privacy Policy, you are transferring your personal information to the United States and you consent to that transfer.

Questions about our privacy policy or transparency philosophy
When you become a the IRCEP user, you are trusting us with your information. We want you to understand our security measures and our privacy policy. If you have any questions or comments about our Privacy Policy and Transparency Philosophy contact us at

Changes to this Policy
We reserve the right to, at any time, add to, change, update, or modify this Privacy Policy, simply by posting such change, update, or modification on the IRCEP and without any other notice to you. Any such change, update, or modification will be effective immediately upon posting on the IRCEP. It is your responsibility to review our Privacy Policy from time to time to ensure that you continue to agree with all of its terms. If you don’t agree with the new policy, you always have the option of ceasing to use the IRCEP and e-mailing us at to request that we delete your personal information. Our current policy, identified by its effective date, will be posted on the IRCEP, and you should check it frequently.