Meridian’s Maternal Treatment Program is an outpatient treatment program providing care and support to mothers struggling with substance use and their newborn babies—helping prevent NICU stays for newborns due to addiction withdrawal. The program’s services are designed to use “whole-person” health methods to prevent, educate, treat and provide community support for its patients. This helps change lifestyles of mothers in crisis, which in turn improves the outcomes for children born into addiction.
By helping pregnant women and moms struggling with substance use disorder(s) develop a life style free of substance, we help decrease Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). This helps improve the lives of newborns and families.
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) is a group of conditions occurring in newborns exposed to addictive opiate drugs while in the mother’s womb. [Medline Plus]
Signs and symptoms include:
- Irritability (excessive crying); High-pitched crying
- Sleep problems
- Tight muscle tone
- Hyperactive reflexes
Evidence Based Practices
Stages of Change: Five-stage model of change to assist patients in understanding addiction and motivating them for change.
Recovering Together Program: Education and support centered around the mother that provides her the tools required to gain sobriety, to repair and to rebuild important relationships while parenting her child(ren).
Incredible Years: Parenting education that promotes emotional, social, and academic competence of the child and prevent, reduce, and treat behavioral and emotional problems in young children.
Theraplay: Child and family therapy for building and enhancing attachment, self-esteem, trust in others, and joyful engagement.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Tool for identifying abuse, neglect and other traumatic events that can increase risk factors and poor outcomes in many areas.
SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment): Approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment to people with substance use disorders and those at risk of developing these disorders.
What the Maternal Treatment Program Offers
Each mother will earn baby/child points when participating in the program. These points may be used to purchase items from the MTP baby store. By participating in the journey to “whole-person” health, mothers may utilize the baby store to help meet their child’s needs.
Services provided through the Maternal Treatment Program include:
• Substance abuse treatment
• Individual and group therapy focusing on trauma
• Child development & positive pregnancy
• Parenting & nutrition
• Budgeting and financial independence education
• Medication Assisted Treatment
• Case management and skills training
• Coordination of care with obstetrician and pediatrician
How to Get Into the Program
Participation in the MTP is voluntary unless otherwise ordered by a Court or Department of Child Services. Many women are referred by their obstetrician and services are coordinated throughout the pregnancy. Women accepted into the Maternal Treatment Program are pregnant and have a substance use disorder or have an infant born with substances in their system.
Meridian’s Maternal Treatment Program is unique in combining the efforts of many community partners and stakeholders who share the same belief—women and children experiencing substance use issues deserve an opportunity to create better and more productive lifestyles. These partners help wrap services around the mother, child and family for continued support.