June 2017


Volume 2, Issue 6: June 6, 2017

The ATTC Center of Excellence on Behavioral Health for Pregnant and Postpartum Women and Their Families (ATTC CoE-PPW) has launched Families In Focus, an e-newsletter for PPW programs. This publication contains updates on the work of the ATTC CoE-PPW, including new resources, training offerings, opportunities to connect with other PPW programs, and more. Visit www.attcppwtools.org to learn more about the ATTC CoE-PPW.



Parenting for Women in Recovery from Substance Use Disorders

Learn more about how to approach parenting interventions and review some of the latest evidence-based and promising practices. During the May 2 PPW Project ECHO, Ruth Paris, PhD, LCSW, Boston University School of Social Work, delivered a didactic presentation on parenting interventions in the context of PPW programs. The presentation discussed challenges to engaging women who are pregnant/postpartum and in SUD treatment and different parenting interventions that could be considered for use in PPW programs. The presentation is available for on-demand viewing on our site. Slides can also be downloaded and include links to a number of resources, including some of the following:

Women's Health Issues

Are you up-to-date on the latest women's healthcare guidelines? During the April 18 PPW Project ECHO, Jacki Witt, JD, WHNP-BC, delivered a didactic presentation on basic women's healthcare considerations for PPW programs. The presentation covers guidelines for cervical and breast cancer screening and an overview of contraception options, including medical eligibility criteria. The presentation is available for on-demand viewing on our site. Slides can also be downloaded and include links to a number of resources, including some of the following:

New Didactics Coming in June

  • Cultural competency and spirituality (6/6/17 PPW ECHO)
  • Special considerations during pregnancy (6/20/17 PPW ECHO)

Research Update | PPW and Families in the Literature

  • Changing Attitudes Complicate Discussions Around Marijuana Use During Pregnancy: An article in the May 29, 2017 issue of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Weekly provides a preview of a soon-to-be-published journal article on the complexities of marijuana use in pregnancy. A complicated body of research, policy changes, and ambivalent provider attitudes have led to some health care providers' reluctance to address marijuana use with pregnant patients. The full journal article, "Cannabis and Pregnancy: Maternal Child Health Implications During a Period of Drug Policy Liberalization," co-authored by Mishka Terplan, MD, MPH and Katrina Mark, MD, will be published in Preventive Medicine.

  • Hepatitis C Virus Infection Among Women Giving Birth — Tennessee and United States, 2009–2014: A new study published by the CDC found that maternal hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections doubled during 2009-2014. Adjusted analyses of Tennessee births found that residence in a rural county was associated with a more than threefold increase in the odds of maternal HCV infection. Smoking during pregnancy and concurrent hepatitis B virus infection imparted fourfold and nearly 17-fold increased odds of maternal HCV infection, respectively. Screening for HCV infection in women of childbearing age and provision of treatment services might reduce perinatal transmission of HCV, and monitoring of HCV-exposed infants can aid in early identification of HCV infection and related liver disease. Read the full report here.

  • Buprenorphine for the Treatment of the Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: A new study published in The New England Journal of Medicine found that buprenorphine may be more effective than morphine for the treatment of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). Infants with NAS treated with sublingual buprenorphine had a shorter duration of treatment and shorter hospital stay than infants treated with oral morphine. Read the full article here.

  • The Public Stigma of Birth Mothers of Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: This study published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research found that the public has more stigmatizing views (difference, disdain, and blame) toward mothers of children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) than toward mothers with serious mental illness, substance use disorders, and jail experience.  Read the full article here.

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The mission of the ATTC CoE-PPW is to strengthen the ability of the behavioral healthcare workforce to serve the pregnant and postpartum population. The ATTC CoE-PPW is funded by SAMHSA as a supplement to the Mid-America ATTC, in partnership with the Great Lakes, New England, and Southeast ATTCs.
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