WIHI: Nurturing Trust: Addiction and Maternal and Newborn Health

Date: June 2, 2016
  • Helen Bellanca, MD, MPH, Associate Medical Director, Health Share of Oregon
  • Nancy Goler, MD, Regional Director for Early Start, Kaiser Permanente Northern California
  • Daisy Goodman, CNM, DNP, MPH, Perinatal Addiction Treatment Program, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
  • Marian Bihrle Johnson, MPH, Director of Innovation, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
  • Jeffrey Rakover, MPP, Research Associate for Innovation, IHI

Addiction is always a complex challenge, but when a woman using substances is pregnant, suddenly two lives are at stake. Despite the difficulty of the situation, people in a position to help can increase the odds of a healthy pregnancy and good birth outcome. That’s the underlying principle behind numerous efforts in the US to reach out to pregnant women with drug dependency and to integrate treatment for addiction with perinatal care.

Such models are getting more attention because of the current opioid crisis and an alarming rise in neonatal abstinence syndrome. We discussed three particularly promising initiatives with the innovators who developed them on the June 2 WIHI: Nurturing Trust: Addiction and Maternal and Newborn Health.



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