Mother & Baby Substance Exposure Initiative Toolkit

The Mother & Baby Substance Exposure Initiative Toolkit was developed by a multidisciplinary taskforce of maternal and newborn health care experts to improve outcomes for substance exposed mothers and newborns.

The interactive online toolkit shares best practices across the care continuum for:

  • Screening, Assessment and Level of Care Determination
  • Treatment
  • Transition of Care
  • Education

Best practices are organized both by topic area and the type of practice setting: outpatient, labor and delivery and nursery-NICU. Key themes of the toolkit include:

- Every pregnant woman should be screened
- Every pregnant woman with opioid use disorder (OUD) should be on Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
- Providers should encourage non-pharmacologic treatment for neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) where appropriate based on increasing evidence demonstrating its superiority
- Moms and babies should receive support to keep them together

Links:

The Mother & Baby Substance Exposure Toolkit

Informational Webinar

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