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Pregnant Women – Patient and Family Resources

Patient resources on pregnant women with an OUD.

Resources for Patients and Families on Opioid Use During Pregnancy

SAMHSA: Opioid Use Disorder and Pregnancy, Taking helpful steps for a healthy pregnancy

  • This fact sheet gives pregnant women with opioid use disorder (OUD) helpful steps to ensure they have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. This resource includes things to know about OUD and pregnancy, and do’s and don’ts to keep mother and baby healthy during pregnancy.

SAMHSA: Treating Opioid Use Disorder During Pregnancy, Getting the help and support you need from your healthcare professionals

  • This fact sheet gives important things to know about opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment during pregnancy, as well as the do’s and don’ts for making sure mother and baby get the best treatment possible.

SAMHSA: Treating Babies Who Were Exposed to Opioids Before Birth, Support for a new beginning

  • This fact sheet talks about what pregnant women with opioid use disorder should know about and expect after the birth of their baby. This resource includes information about neonatal abstinence syndrome, baby’s needs after birth, and do’s and don’ts for understanding and responding to baby’s needs.

SAMHSA: Good Care for You and Your Baby While Receiving Opioid Use Disorder Treatment, Steps for healthy growth and development

  • This fact sheet addresses the care of women with opioid use disorder (OUD) and care of their babies after pregnancy. This resource includes information on managing OUD, caring for baby, and do’s and don’ts for creating a healthy environment at home.

CDC: Pregnancy and Opioid Pain Medications or Spanish Version

  • This fact sheet provides information on opioid medication for pain during pregnancy or breastfeeding and the risks involved.

Pregnancy: Methadone and Buprenorphine

  • This fact sheet addresses the use of long-acting opioid medications (methadone or buprenorphine) that are associated with improved outcomes in pregnancy.

SAMHSA: Medications to Treat Opioid Use Disorder During Pregnancy

  • Review this fact sheet for important information on methadone maintenance treatment and how it can help pregnant mothers from using heroin or abusing opioid prescription pain medications.

How Does Heroin Use Affect Pregnant Women?

  • Learn more about the effects of heroin use during pregnancy.

Understanding Opioid Use During Pregnancy

  • Download this fact sheet for more information about opioid use during pregnancy, neonatal abstinence syndrome, and best practices for improving maternal and fetal health.

Legal Resources


How States Handle Drug Use During Pregnancy

  • Access this website to learn more about how U.S. states respond to different laws related to pregnancy and drug use.

Looking for support and additional resources related to substance use? Visit the Linkage to Services patient section of this toolkit.

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