NAS Parent Educator

The NAS-Baby Initiative

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 invite qualified partners to work with us on a collaborative basis to make this initiative successful. MetaMD has completed the first iteration of the NAS Parent Educator, is already working on the next iteration, and is acting as a catalyst to get other organizations involved to help solve opioid related problems.

Join us early to make the most of your participation

Whether you simply want to review the NAS Parent Educator or become a participant in a larger initiative, we should talk.  We are looking for partners who can provide expertise, content, tools, exposure, or financial support.  Getting involved early gives you the opportunity to help set direction and strategy.  Read below for a few good reasons to consider participating.


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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