Opioid Crisis In Medicaid: Saving Mothers And Babies

View Original Health Affairs Blog Post Here Written by: Jennifer E. Moore , Brian T. Bateman , & Stephen W. Patrick The nation’s opioid crisis is well documented; however, little attention has been paid to the epidemic’s effect on pregnant women and infants. In recent years, opioid use disorder during pregnancy has increased along with a concurrent increase in neonatal ... Read More

Novel corona virus disease (COVID‐19) in pregnancy: What clinical recommendations to follow?

View Original ACOGS Journal article : Here 1. INTRODUCTION Pregnancy is a state of partial immune suppression which makes pregnant women more vulnerable to viral infections, and the morbidity is higher even with seasonal influenza. Therefore, the COVID‐19 epidemic may have serious consequences for pregnant women. Although the vast majority of cases of COVID‐19 are currently in China, the risk ... Read More

Mothers, Babies Overlooked in the Drug Crisis

By Gaby Galvin, U.S. News & World Report Staff writer  |  December 30, 2019  | Read Original Story at U.S. News & World Report News The U.S. drug epidemic is evolving – and physicians say mothers and babies may be left behind in its latest wave. Pregnant women who are addicted to opioids often struggle to access treatment and services, and ... Read More

West Virginia Bucks Rising United States Maternal Mortality Trend

By Kara Leigh Lofton, West Virginia Public Broadcasting See the Original Article The United States has some of the highest maternal mortality rates in the developed world -- and unlike most other first-world countries, our rates are going in the wrong direction. American women are three times more likely to die during or after birth than women in Great Britain ... Read More

Maternal Smoking Before and During Pregnancy and the Risk of Sudden Unexpected Infant Death

  See original CNN article: https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/11/health/smoking-infant-sudden-death-risk-study/index.html See journal article: https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2019/03/07/peds.2018-3325 Researchers from the Seattle Children’s Research Institute in Washington analyzed data on smoking during pregnancy from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s birth/infant death data set between 2007-2011. They recently published their findings in the scientific journal, Pediatrics. They found that the risk of death rises by .07 … Read More

Drug Free Moms and Babies Abstract Presented at APHA 2018 Conference

This past fall, Dr. Christa Lilly, PhD presented at the annual American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting and expo in San Diego, California. Her presentation was titled “Quantitative and qualitative assessment of the Drug Free Moms and Babies Project: A rural, Appalachia pilot project to support healthy baby outcomes.” The Drug-Free Moms and Babies Project (DFMB) pilot program (4 sites; … Read More

ABC News report highlights WVU Medicine’s care for drug-exposed babies

  View Original Article and Video: https://abcnews.go.com/US/cuddle-volunteers-soothe-west-virginias-drug-exposed-babies/story?id=58535423 Drug exposed babies are an insidious after-effect of the opioid epidemic that has swept West Virginia. A recent ABC news story, "Cuddle volunteers help to soothe West Virginia's drug-exposed babies," spotlighted the care WVU Medicine gives to these newborns. The story shows Pat Holgorsen, one of dozens of cuddle volunteers at WVU Medicine. ... Read More

Suboxone may be safer for women in pregnancy

By Wendy Holdren Register-Herald Reporter See the Original Article In a recent study examining the safety of addiction treatment medications, West Virginia University faculty found that Suboxone may be safer for pregnant women and their babies than methadone or Subutex. Faculty members Laura Lander and Patrick Marshalek examined the medical records of 26 pregnant women who were prescribed Suboxone, a ... Read More