Improving Birth Outcome Through Expansion of Prenatal Group Education in Women with Substance Use Disorders

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The goal of this project is to expand the provision of prenatal education to more women with substance use disorder through the use of group prenatal care. We hope to assist women in choosing a method of birth control, and provide women with skills for decreasing their own anxiety and soothing their newborns during the newborn’s evaluation for neonatal abstinence syndrome. The PATHways program at University of Kentucky’s Polk Dalton Clinic was established in 2014 to provide prenatal care to women with substance abuse issues. Dr. Agatha Critchfield, maternal fetal medicine provider at UK HealthCare, recognized a need for these women to receive consistent stabilizing care that also provided them with medication to assist them in overcoming opioid addiction (Adams, 2017). In addition to prenatal care, these women were enrolled in group prenatal education. Group education for women in PATHways focused on issues more relevant to women with substance use disorder. This program has grown and now expanded to include a PATHways Beyond Birth clinic that can assist women with parenting, education, counseling, and continue medically assisted treatment for up to five years after delivery. We wish to expand and improve the prenatal PATHways program to meet the needs of more women desiring stabilization, and to improve their knowledge while assisting them in their recovery process.
Effective start/end date8/1/187/1/20


  • March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation: $20,000.00


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