Pregnancy & Opioid Use

When you are pregnant, everything that goes into your body has the potential to have an effect on your unborn baby.  Some things you take into your body can have bad effects on your pregnancy. Smoking, drinking alcohol, abusing prescription drugs or using illegal drugs can all pass through the placenta and have a negative effect on you and your baby.  Recently Chicago Department of Public Health along with the Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago and Cook County OB/GYN Department hosted an educational talk by Dr. Mishka Terplan on November 17, 2016.  If you missed this great talk, see these slides (Chicago Terplan).  Also attached below are relevant professional resources.  If you need help finding a provider to treat you while pregnant, please contact us at (312) 745-BABY.


  1. Journal article: “The role of screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment in the perinatal period”
  2. Journal article: “Clinical care for opioid-using pregnant and postpartum women: the role of obstetric providers”
  3. Brochure: Childbirth, Breastfeeding and Infant Care: Methadone and Buprenorphine
  4. Resource document for substance use and pregnancy

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