Continuing Education Event – Best Practices for Managing Moms with SUDs: The Path to Healthy Pregnancy and Parenting – webinar – 8/25/2022

Recovery Centers of America has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7002. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Recovery Centers of America is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This course qualifies for 2 credit hours.

Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) have the highest prevalence in individuals between the ages of 18-25 (NSDUH 2018) which corresponds with the time of life that many women experience pregnancies. There is a great deal of stigma toward pregnant women with SUDs which creates a barrier to care. As parents, women are often the primary or sole care provider for their children. The inability to identify available childcare options that are safe and affordable while Mom gets treatment presents another barrier. Pregnancy and childbirth can be intensely stressful and traumatic, but those 9 months also present a golden opportunity of “action stage” readiness for change. This training will focus on best practices for helping women achieve their recovery and parenting goals simultaneously.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the bodily changes that occur in pregnancy and how this impacts SUDs.
2. Explain differences in prenatal care for women with SUDs.
3. Review evidence-based treatment for SUDs in pregnancy with a focus on treatment of nicotine use disorder & opioid use disorder.
4. Discuss trauma-informed care especially during labor and delivery.
5. Explore cannabis use & alcohol use in pregnancy and its impact.
6. Provide recommendations for breastfeeding & newborn care for women with SUDs.

Dr. Heidi Ginter
Chief Medical Director
Dr. Heidi Ginter, MD, FASAM has nearly two decades of experience working in the addiction treatment field, is Board Certified in Addiction Medicine, and is a prominent voice in medication for addiction treatment (MAT). MAT, the use of FDA-approved medications in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, is widely considered to be the evidence-based best practice for battling addiction to opioids and other drugs.

Dr. Ginter graduated from Yale University and earned her doctorate at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She has lectured extensively on MAT and opioid use disorder. Dr. Ginter started her career as a family doctor for underserved populations and eventually found a passion for helping pregnant women struggling with addiction. Prior to joining RCA, she was the Chief Medical Officer for an outpatient addiction treatment provider with opioid treatment programs at 16 sites in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Connecticut.


Aug 25 2022


9:00 am - 11:00 am

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