August 2017


Volume 2, Issue 8: August 1, 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 to learn more about the ATTC CoE-PPW.


New ATTC CoE-PPW Documentary Coming! Watch the Trailer Now

The ATTC CoE-PPW is producing a documentary as part of its curricula development to promote a family-centered approach to treatment and recovery. "Bring Them All: A Family-Centered Approach to Addiction Treatment" tells the story of family-centered care through the perspectives of clients and staff at SHIELDS for Families, a treatment program in Compton, CA. A pioneer in this model of care, Co-founder and CEO Kathryn Icenhower, PhD and her team describe what it’s like to work in a program that lets women bring their whole family, including fathers/partners and children, to experience the recovery journey as a family. The full documentary will be released in September. Click here to watch the trailer!










"Mothers & Methadone" | New Documentary Fights Stigma Surrounding Methadone Treatment During Pregnancy

A powerful new documentary produced by Health Prince Edward Island (PEI) tells the story of four mothers who were on methadone treatment during pregnancy. The documentary seeks to fight stigma and raise awareness of the evidence base supporting the safety of this treatment during pregnancy. The documentary is available for free streaming online. More information on the project is available here.


Medication for Addiction Treatment (MAT)

Learn more about how medication for addiction treatment (MAT) during pregnancy impacts a woman's recovery. During the July 18th PPW Project ECHO, Karol Kaltenbach, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics, Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, delivered a didactic presentation on MAT during pregnancy. The presentation discussed the use of MAT within two focal points: the mother and the management of her opioid use disorder, and the infant and the occurrence of neonatal abstinence syndrome. 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 August

Schedule change! Due to presenter availability, the remaining two didactic topics have switched dates.

  • Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) (8/01/17 PPW ECHO)
  • Older Children's Services (8/15/17 PPW ECHO)

Research Update | PPW and Families in the Literature

  • Final report: Opioid use, misuse, and overdose in women: This report by the Office on Women's Health (OWH) examines the prevention, treatment, and recovery issues for women who misuse, have use disorders, and/or overdose on opioids.

  • Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: Update on diagnostic and therapeutic strategies: A recent study in the Journal of Pharmacotherapy explains the causes and effects of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) as well as its treatment. The article delves into the non-standard pharmacology of treating NAS. Finally the article discusses the assessment of NAS and outlines future research suggestions for use of recommended therapies. 

  • Hepatitis C cascade of care among pregnant women on opioid agonist pharmacotherapy attending a comprehensive prenatal program: This study investigated the HCV testing cascade among pregnant women on pharmacotherapy in order to describe exposure and infection rates and to identify opportunities that would improve care. Within the study, prevalence of exposure to HCV by anti-HCV results was 53.3%, and 37.3% were positive for HCV RNA indicating chronic infection. The article concludes that identifying HCV during pregnancy is crucial because it enhances medical care and may prevent vertical transmission.

  • Treatments for opioid use disorder among pregnant and reproductive-aged women: This review discusses how medical professionals' involvement in opioid treatment increases referral to treatment, reduces stigma, and improves quality of care for pregnant women and women of reproductive age. Treatment for opioid use disorder is most effective when all providers coordinate care in an informed, nonjudgmental, patient-centered approach. The article also describes how the treatment for opioid use disorder falls into four overlapping domains: medication management, medical care, behavioral health care, and psychosocial support.

  • Assessing marijuana use during pregnancy: This article reviews two recent studies that examine marijuana use during pregnancy and suggests interventions that women's health nurses can implement. Studies suggest that inadequate screening and lack of knowledge about the effects of marijuana use are barriers to women's understanding of the importance of seeking treatment for substance use.

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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.