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National Resources & Guidelines

This page lists national organizations and professional societies that provide guidelines and resources regarding maternal opioid use and neonatal abstinence syndrome. 


National Guidelines

National Resources

4th Trimester Project

This website is designed to provide the latest medical evidence and offer real, honest stories to inform postpartum planning. This website includes information and resources for all pregnant and postpartum women. 


Professional Organizations

  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Maternal-Infant Health and Opioid Use Program 

    • Partner with Mothers to Seek and Support Recovery post Prenatal Opioid Exposure:​      This infographic outlines the fundamental opportunities presented to pediatricians when working with families with a history of opioid use. Screening and early identification of prenatal opioid use along with appropriate referrals for both, mothers and infants, are key to sustaining the mother-infant dyad. Pediatricians can build a supportive environment and advance an empathetic strength-based approach to engage mothers with opioid use disorder (OUD) into care and treatment. Access the infographic to learn the steps you and your colleagues can take to assure a healthy start for your patients and their families.

    • Substance Use and Plans of Safe Care (POSC): Implications for Pediatricians, Mothers, and Infants: This fact sheet captures the core questions asked by pediatricians with respect to the Plans of Safe Care (POSC) provisions outlined in the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA). Supportive measures taken towards pregnant women who have a history of prenatal substance use are in the best interest of the mother-infant dyad. Pediatricians and other providers working with families affected by prenatal opioid use can advance an individualized approach to their care within the context of family-centered system of services. Access the fact sheet to learn what you can do to care for families affected by parental substance use.

    • Confirming Pediatrician’s Role as Ally and Mother-Infant Dyad Supporter
      Health care professionals who have pediatric patients with prenatal opioid exposure can improve outcomes for the mother-infant dyad when they seek to understand the effect that substance use disorders have on the family’s functioning. Family-centered care that promotes positive relationships and honest communication among all partiers (families, community-based providers and healthcare professionals) is critical. As stated in the AAP clinical report, Families Affected by Parental Substance Use, (Pediatrics, 2016) pediatricians are not expected to provide direct care and treatment to their patients’ families, but rather to create and promote an environment that supports their recovery, by connecting the families with adequate treatment and community services.

  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Neonatal Drug Withdrawal (Last Updated 2014)

    • Navigating NAS: The AAP Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine’s TECaN Group (Trainees and Early Career Neonatologists) is engaging in a national effort to empower and educate providers about Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. The #NavigatingNAS Campaign will feature four quarters, each devoted to a different aspect of the continuum of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). Each quarter will provide educational materials for clinical practice and resources for families in addition to webinars, podcasts, and social media outreach. 

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