There’s stigma around people with addictions, there’s more stigma around women with addictions, and there’s maybe none more stigmatized than pregnant women with addictions.
Today’s episode is all about pregnant women with opioid use disorders and some of the considerations for that particular group.
One thing that is a huge liability for an addicted mom raising a child is the nonstop gossip and judgement that they have to deal with it. Culturally no one is as judged as an an addicted mother of a young child. Addicted pregnant women absorb that shame and stigma, both of which are major deterrents to getting good treatment and seeking help so it’s in no way helpful for anyone.
This episode answers some of the basic myths and misinformation around what the research shows is the best for this population. Because with support, encouragement and reassurance, along with good medical care, the woman can have a comfortable, healthy pregnancy, deliver a healthy baby and be a wonderful new mom.
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