By Amarica Rafanelli 10/22/20, for The Fix.com
New and expectant mothers face unique challenges when seeking treatment for an opioid use disorder. On top of preparing for motherhood, expectant mothers often face barriers to accessing treatment, which typically involves taking safer opioids to reduce dependency over time. The approach is called medication assisted therapy, or MAT, and is a key component in most opioid treatment programs.
But with pregnant women, providers can be hesitant to administer opiate-based drugs.