The controversial issue of maternal substance abuse

Women with substance use disorder particularly are likely to be stigmatized and labeled as hopeless Enhancing motivation for change in substance abuse treatment. Early-onset group B streptococcal infection after a combined maternal and neonatal group B streptococcal chemoprophylaxis strategy. The present study confirmed the problem of addiction in Croatia and pointed to a disturbingly low proportion of pregnant addicts being included in the system of institutional care and surveillance.

They based this conclusion on the fact that, compared to non-using mothers, these women had less eye-to-eye contact with their infant, less affectionate touch, and focused less attention on the child.

Conversely, unawareness of a maternal history of opioid use may lead to a failure to recognize the signs of withdrawal because many of these findings may be seen in other common neonatal problems such as sepsis or hypoglycemia, thus delaying timely care of neonatal abstinence syndrome.

It also is important to advocate patient autonomy and confidentiality in the face of legally mandated drug testing and reporting. Physicians should be aware that reporting mandates vary widely and be familiar with the legal requirements within their state or community. Are sober living homes a good or bad thing.

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Obstetrician—gynecologists should function as patient advocates and oppose coercive screening, testing, and treatment interventions and prosecution of a particular population for substance use disorder. Safe use of medication. Self-treatment or treatment of immediate family members.

Patient Education Patient education is central to the prevention of intentional and unintentional therapeutic drug diversion, with a trusting relationship between physicians and their patients at the core of this education process.

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Even though different interventions aimed at improving parenting skills have been implemented for drug-addicted women and their children, attachment-focused therapy for addiction is still rare ; moreover, the results of efficacy are not univocal, emphasizing on the one side, the need for more integrated approaches and, on the other side, the importance of focusing specifically on the relational features of mother—infant interactions.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that all patients be asked about alcohol and substance use regularly and in plain language 7. Nevertheless, when there is strong evidence of harm to children that is due to parental substance use disorder, obstetrician—gynecologists have an ethical obligation, along with their pediatrician colleagues, to engage child protective services to more fully assess risk of child harm.

Maternal Substance Use Disorder Fetal Exposure Published evidence should guide physician concern for the fetal effects of any substance exposure. Pregnanciesexposed to methadone, methadone and other illicit substances, and poly-drugs without methadone: The force of numbers: Retrieved October 24, One infant died from early BHSB sepsis on the fourth day of life.

Maternal-Fetal Rights and Substance Abuse: Gestation Without Representation

Studies indicate that prenatal care greatly reduces the negative effects of substance abuse during pregnancy, including decreased risks of low birth weight and prematurity 9.

Biologic Testing It is important to consider carefully whether biologic testing is needed when there is clinical suspicion of fetal exposure to potentially harmful substances.

Concerns about breaching confidentiality and causing harms through disclosure can be appropriately addressed by including only accurate and medically necessary information in the medical record and informing the patient why and how this information will be included.

Two main strategies were used to identify the studies. 78 Cengiz et al. Maternal and Neonatal Effects of Substance Abuse During Pregnancy: A Case Report problems in the puerperium will depend on the drug used.

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It looks like you've lost connection to our server. Please check your internet connection or reload this page. Maternal Drug Abuse and Attachment In the last issue of Practice Notes (see "Grandmothers Who Care for Drug-Exposed Children"), we wrote about grandmothers as caregivers of.

Page 7 Interventions and Treatment. Examples of intervention in child maltreatment include the investigation of child abuse reports by state child protection agencies, clinical treatment of physical and psychological injuries, family counseling, self-help services, the provision of goods and services such as homemaker or respite care, legal action against the perpetrator, and removal of.

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Prenatal Substance Abuse: Short- and Long-term Effects on the Exposed Fetus

Prenatal substance abuse continues to be a significant problem in this country and poses important health risks for the developing fetus. The primary care pediatrician’s role in addressing prenatal substance exposure includes prevention, identification of exposure, recognition of medical issues for the exposed newborn infant, protection of the infant, and follow-up of the exposed infant.

Maternal and Neonatal Effects of Substance Abuse during Pregnancy: Our Ten-year Experience The controversial issue of maternal substance abuse
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