Services & Specialties May 19, 2017

Adena’s Centering Pregnancy and Baby-Centered Recovery Programs Earn National Award

Adena Health System has been recognized nationally as one of just 10 hospitals nationwide for their innovative approach impacting lives in local communities.

This special acknowledgement was in recognition of Adena’s Centering Pregnancy and Baby-Centered Recovery Programs, which received the “Program of Excellence” award along with 2,500 through the Hospital Charitable Services Awards, a national program sponsored by Atlanta-based Jackson Healthcare.  

Adena’s Centering Pregnancy Program is open to all pregnant women, while the Baby-Centered Recovery Program is for women with opiate dependence. Ronald Lopez, MD and Lee Parks, DO co-directors of the programs are on hand to supervise, give advice and to meet one-on-one monthly with the women in the Baby-Centered Recovery Group. 

Started in 2014, Adena’s Centering Pregnancy Program is available for pregnant women to come together to share experiences, learn and interact with providers allowing Adena to be more involved in their care plan.

The Centering Pregnancy group meets for six two-hour sessions during a woman’s pregnancy. Adena Certified Nurse Midwives and other health care providers meet with women to discuss their pregnancy and health concerns as well as participate in interactive learning actives with other mothers due at the same time.

In addition, Adena offers a Baby-Centered Recovery program, for women with opiate dependence that strives to help women move beyond their opiate dependence by encouraging social supports, linking clients to community services and providing education about pregnancy and addiction. Medically assisted treatment is offered as well as a plan for participant’s detox after infant’s birth.

Since the Baby-Centered Recovery program began in 2012, the Adena Women and Children’s Department has helped serve almost 100 newborn babies born with opiate exposure. 

“Compared to women who dropped out of the Baby- Centered Recovery Program those who completed it were more likely to breastfeed, while their infants had higher gestational ages, better birth weights and almost no involvement with children services,” said Donna Collier-Stepp, Adena Women and Children’s Licensed Independent Social Worker Supervisor. 

On average, about 65% of opiate dependent mothers will have babies who withdraw after delivery.

“Because of our medication management, only 35-38% of mothers who completed our program have babies who(experience withdrawal symptoms,” Collier-Stepp explained. 

Not only is Adena helping lower this average, but a large part of the program is educating new mothers on neonatal abstinence syndrome and how to care for addicted babies once they return home. 

Collier-Stepp added, “If a baby withdrawals, they could spend up to two weeks in the special care nursery in the hospital, where as here, since our withdrawal rates are lower, a baby may only have to stay for five days.”

Adena OB/GYN has also implemented a process to ensure mothers who are opiate dependent can see a provider without a referral.

Adena Women and Children’s programs have previously been nationally recognized by U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH) as a model other communities should replicate. 

If you are or know a pregnant mother in need of assistance and would like more information about Adena’s Centering Pregnancy Program or Baby Centered recovery Program call (740) 703-7103.