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 What We Do

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder characterized by different types of seizures. Although medical experts have gained a better understanding of the condition, they are still investigating the many causes and triggers for seizures.

Some known risk factors for seizures are variations in hormones, lack of sleep and stress – all of which are exacerbated during pregnancy and while caring for young children – which can make this phase of life especially challenging for women with epilepsy.

Although it may require some extra attention, planning and support from the patient's family, here at Krembil Brain Institute, it is possible for these patients to successfully become mothers.​

Tests & Services

  • EEG and blood work​
  • Clinical exam
  • Epilepsy management
  • Counselling on drug management, teratogenicity, maternal and newborn safety
  • Epilepsy nursing and social work
  • Collaborative care with obstetrics​​

How to Prepare

Your first appointment can take one hour or more. Follow-up appointments usually take 30 minutes.

Learn more about what you can expect when you have a clinic appointment.

 Materials and Resources to Help You

Resources from KNC

  • Women with Epilepsy: A Practical Management Handbook. Editors: Esther Bui, Department of Neurology, University of Toronto and Autumn M. Klein, Department of Neurology, University of Pittsburgh. Date Published: July 2014. Available on Amazon.ca.
  • Epilepsy Toronto

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* These material(s) are also available in other languages.

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 Meet Our Team

Co-directors UHN Epilepsy Program: Dr. Taufik Valiante and Dr. Danielle Andrade​

Neurologist: Dr. Esther Bui​

Social Worker: Carol La Fleur