The needs of Pregnant and Parenting Women with Substance Use Disorder



Opioid use in pregnancy has escalated dramatically in recent years, paralleling the epidemic observed in the general population. Untreated SUDs during pregnancy pose increased risks for life-threatening health problems for mothers and their infants. This presentation will review the treatment of pregnant and parenting women with SUDs in the legal system, substance use treatment, and legislation. There will be an in-depth look at the treatment of neonatal abstinence syndrome or neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome (NAS/NOWS), past and present. 


  • Identify prenatal care co-morbid health disorders and pharmacotherapy during pregnancy
  • Compare punitive interventions of pregnant women who are using substances and recovery-oriented public health responses
  • Discuss pregnantly and parenting women’s programs that ensure cultural competence and recovery approaches for women and families that improve outcomes 
  • Explain Neonatal abstinence syndrome, historical management of the condition, and emerging practices
  • Compare Child Protective Services, Family treatment courts, and emerging interventions
  • Understand the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (CARA) and the Protecting Our Infants Act of 2015 (POIA) and the NC plan of safe care
Target Audience: Psychologists, Social Workers, Addiction Counselors, & Licensed Professional Counselors
Content level: Beginner to intermediate
2 CE hour credits approved by ASWB, NAADAC, & NBCC
State Board Approval
ADACBGA # 19-12-17-1212
FCB # 5387-A
OCDP Board # 50-29024

Course Features

  • Lectures 2
  • Quizzes 1
  • Duration 2 hours
  • Skill level Beginner to intermediate
  • Language English
  • Students 1001
  • Certificate Yes
  • Assessments Self
    • Lecture.1
      The needs of Pregnant and Parenting Women with Substance Use Disorder
    • Lecture.1
      The needs of Pregnant and Parenting Women with Substance Use Disorder
  • QUIZ
    • Quiz.1
      The needs of Pregnant and Parenting Women with Substance Use Disorder 15 questions

Heather Connors LCAS, MAC is a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist in North Carolina and has the Master Addiction Counselor accreditation from NAADAC. She currently works for the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill as a substance abuse consultant for the UNC Medical Center and the UNC Department of Psychiatry. She earned a bachelors in Women’s Studies from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University, Seattle. She has a certification in Non-Profit Management from the University of Washington, Seattle and is an ARISE trained interventionist. Heather has worked extensively with pregnant and parenting women in the inpatient, outpatient and detoxification levels of care. She has been working with Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for 13 years and most recently trained primary care providers on how to integrate MAT into their clinics. She has specific interest in Harm Reduction, Motivational Interviewing and Stages of Change.