NAS Parent Educator

Mission Partner Opportunities

In 2015 Congress passed the Protecting Our Infants Act (POIA) to “respond to the unmet needs of pregnant women and their newborns.” Then, in 2017 the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released the final strategy to improve care for pregnant and parenting mothers and their infants affected by the opioid epidemic.

Preventative measures, prenatal and postnatal education, high quality data, and rehabilitation are all part of the POIA. These are all components of MetaMD’s vision for an educational initiative. We hope our efforts act as a catalyst to get other organizations involved to help solve opioid related problems.

The NAS Parent Educator is the first step in MetaMD's initiative to find solutions to help infants and mothers affected by opioids and to reduce the associated medical and social costs. We are exploring additional prenatal and postpartum educational content, specialized programs, and interventional tools for women who are pregnant and using opioids.

Join us now and make a big difference in the lives of others

Whether you want to review the program for use in your organization or explore ways to become involved in a larger initiative, let's talk. We are looking for partners who can provide additional resources for parents, expertise, content, tools, exposure, or financial support.

Whether you represent a hospital, physician's practice, supplier of medical equipment/supplies, a pharmaceutical company, a drug rehab program, or have specialized expertise to help infants, mothers, or mothers-to-be who are exposed to opioids, please contact us.

Here are some reasons to act NOW!

The toll of opioids: physical, emotional, financial, social...

  • Every 25 minutes a baby is born with symptoms of opioid withdrawal.
  • Medical care for an NAS baby is more than five times as expensive as other newborns, with most of those costs borne by Medicare.
  • Opioid use disorder (OUD) is associated with numerous adverse outcomes, including infectious diseases, drug overdose, and trauma.
  • Treatment needs often exceed treatment capacity.
  • Pregnant women with untreated OUD face significant risks, such as risk of fetal death, preterm delivery, and low birth weight.
  • Mothers with OUD need to care for an infant with opioid exposure, often while coping with underlying mental health issues, violence, unstable housing, limited income, and few social supports.
  • Laws and policies based on criminalization of drug use may be deterrents to treatment and prenatal care for some women.

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