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Therapeutic Care of the Opioid-Impacted Mother-Infant Dyad

by Lisa Cleveland, PhD, RN, CPNP, IBCLC, FAAN
  • Duration: 75 Mins
  • Credits: 1.25 CERP, 1.25 R-CERP
  • Handout: Yes

Between the 2000 and 2009, the use of opioids, such as heroin or prescription pain relievers, during pregnancy increased fivefold. Prenatal opioid exposure can result in newborn withdrawal symptoms often called Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). NAS can include inconsolable crying, sleeplessness, and poor feeding. National rates of NAS have tripled since 2000. Opioid detoxification during pregnancy is not recommended and is linked to preterm labor and fetal distress. Therefore, it is recommended that pregnant women with opioid use disorder be stabilized on medication assisted treatment (MAT). However, these medications may still result in newborn withdrawal.
Treatment of NAS is typically focused on symptom management using soothing techniques and medications. Soothing techniques are non-pharmacological comfort measures and are considered the first line of care for infants with NAS. However, these techniques can be difficult to implement in a busy nursery environment. Medications may alleviate some NAS symptoms but, the use of medication is linked to a longer and more costly hospital stay and prolonged separation of mother and infant. As such, the purpose of this presentation is to explore best practices in the care of the opioid impacted mother-infant dyad with an emphasis on the important role of the biological mother.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Describe best practices in the management of Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) in pregnant/parenting women;

Objective 2: Explain Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) and recommended management strategies;

Objective 3: Discuss innovative research and programs focused on the care of pregnant/parenting women with OUD and infants with NAS.

Presentations: 10  |  Hours / CE Credits: 10.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks