Adams launches Fresh Beginnings program for moms with substance use disorders

Tags: maternal-fetal medicine

UW Ob-Gyn Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellow Jackie Adams, MD, recently launched the Fresh Beginnings program, a one-day program for pregnant patients with substance use disorders. The class will be held quarterly and is available to any patient planning to deliver at UnityPoint Health-Meriter.

This introductory class is designed for women on medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder in pregnancy. Adams created the class to open the lines of communication between staff and patients, help patients get to know their care team before delivery, and reduce the stigma surrounding opioid use disorder in pregnancy.

The course includes educational sessions with anesthesiology, pain pharmacy, pediatric hospitalists, social work, addiction medicine specialists, lactation consultants, and pediatric occupational therapy. Attendees learn what to expect during their care, and how to care for infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome. Each session also includes a baby shower!

The first session was held in early March; the next 2019 session is coming up on May 22.

Obstetricians, nurse midwives and family medicine providers can refer patients into the program at any time – any patient planning to deliver at Meriter Hospital is eligible. Providers can send referrals to the Center for Perinatal Care, or send a staff message to Dr. Adams. 

If you think this program sounds interesting, you'll be thrilled to learn Dr. Adams plans to stick around after her fellowship and join the UW Ob-Gyn faculty. Congratulations, Dr. Adams!