Pediatricians Put It Bluntly: Motherhood And Marijuana Don't Mix

Kaiser Health News - August 27, 2018

More and more people consider smoking marijuana harmless or even beneficial, but mounting research suggests women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should avoid it altogether.

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News-Medical - August 20, 2018

Policymakers and public health experts have long recognized the harm that can come to fetuses if women use drugs during pregnancy. As U.S. states legalize marijuana and as governmental attention focuses on the "opioid crisis," state policies pertaining to drug use during pregnancy are increasingly important. A new study examines the scope of state policies targeting drug use during pregnancy, how they have evolved, and how they compare to policies related to alcohol use during pregnancy.

Also: State policies targeting alcohol use in pregnancy result in worse birth outcomes:

Also: Issue Brief: The Impact of State-Level Alcohol and Pregnancy Policies on Birth Outcomes and Prenatal Care Use:

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Study: Half of Kids Born to Teen Moms in Foster Care Will Wind Up in Foster Care Themselves

Chronicle of Social Change - June 25, 2018

Half of children born to mothers in foster care will also enter into the child welfare system by their second birthday, according to a study published in this month's issue of the journal Pediatrics. The intergenerational cycle of foster care is a well-known phenomenon to advocates and child welfare workers, but new data illustrates the significance of this pipeline into foster care.

Also: Study: The Cycle of Child Protection Services Involvement: A Cohort Study of Adolescent Mothers:

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Born addicted: Louisiana's rate of newborns dependent on opioids is rising, pregnant women lack treatment options

Advocate - May 05, 2018

Kemper's agony has become more common among Louisiana newborns amid a national opioid addiction epidemic. The rate of Louisiana babies diagnosed with neonatal abstinence syndrome quadrupled between 2005 and 2015, the most recent year on state records. OB-GYNs and neonatologists also acknowledge that some prenatal care providers are hesitant to take on addicted patients. State health officials and hospital administrators have discouraged providers from cutting off prenatal care for pregnant addicts, worried that turning away mothers will result in more unhealthy children.

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Practice and Policy Considerations for Child Welfare, Collaborating Medical, and Service Providers

This guidance publication is intended to support the efforts of states, tribes, and local communities in addressing the needs of pregnant women with opioid use disorders and their infants and families.1 National data show that from 2000 to 2009 the use of opioids during pregnancy increased from 1.19 to 5.63 per 1,000 hospital births (Patrick, Schumacher, Benneyworth, Krans, McAllister, & Davis, 2012). Because of the high rate of opioid use and misuse among all women, including pregnant women, medical, social service, and judicial agencies are having to confront this concern more often and, in some communities, at alarming rates.

Read the full report: Link to Report

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and Administration for Children and Families Administration on Children, Youth and Families Children’s Bureau

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