Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) have the highest prevalence in individuals between the ages of 18-25 (NSDUH 2018) which corresponds with the time of life that many women experience pregnancies. There is a great deal of stigma toward pregnant women with SUDs which creates a barrier to care. As parents, women are often the primary or sole care provider for their children. The inability to identify available childcare options that are safe and affordable while Mom gets treatment presents another barrier. Pregnancy and childbirth can be intensely stressful and traumatic, but those 9 months also present a golden opportunity of “action stage” readiness for change. This training will focus on best practices for helping women achieve their recovery and parenting goals simultaneously.
- Describe the bodily changes that occur in pregnancy and how this impacts SUDs.
- Explain differences in prenatal care for women with SUDs.
- Review evidence-based treatment for SUDs in pregnancy with a focus on treatment of nicotine use disorder & opioid use disorder.
- Discuss trauma-informed care especially during labor and delivery.
- Explore cannabis use & alcohol use in pregnancy and its impact.
- Provide recommendations for breastfeeding & newborn care for women with SUDs.