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Enhanced Care for Pregnant Women with Opioid Use Disorders

Lowell General Hospital offers enhanced care and services for pregnant women with opioid use disorders, as well as their babies that may have been exposed to opioids during pregnancy. 

We work with each woman to develop an individualized plan for recovery. We provide peer-to-peer support; referrals to medication-assisted treatment, prenatal care, and mental health care; and connections to community-based services to help women achieve and maintain recovery.

For their newborn babies, early diagnosis is key to help reduce the severity of symptoms of opioid withdrawal at birth, a condition known as Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). NAS often occurs when an infant has been exposed to certain drugs, especially opioids, while in the womb. This comprehensive approach to treatment before, during and after pregnancy, can help women with opioid use disorder have a healthier pregnancy and be better prepared to care for their newborn. 

“We meet moms where they are at, and support their recovery any way we can. These are moms who love their babies, have a lot of strengths, and we give them all the wraparound services they need to move in the direction they want for their families,” says RN Care Manager Kathy Mahoney. 

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For more information, call 978-934-8224 and ask to speak with Kathy Mahoney, Women's Health Navigator.

 

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