TABLE 5

Recommendations for practice

Initiate discussions around family planning with respiratory patients during routine appointments
Provide clear, evidence-based information about fertility, safety of changing or stopping treatment for the patient and the fetus, impact of pregnancy and labour on current and future health, genetic predisposition, and lifestyle factors
Signpost to psychological support and genetic testing where appropriate
Provide information on the safety of respiratory medications during breastfeeding
Ensure patients receive holistic care from both respiratory and pregnancy health professionals and that pregnancy health professionals can refer patients with queries to relevant respiratory professionals and evidence-based information