DONA International Webinar
In December 2021, Don't Quit the Quit had the honor of presenting a webinar for DONA International. This webinar was delivered to doulas from all over the world and provided an overview of substance use disorders (SUDs), screening for substance use during the perinatal period, and a review of the stigma often experienced by pregnant and parenting persons with SUDs. Doulas are so important to our families! They can provide much needed, non-judgmental, compassionate support, education, and referrals for persons and families impacted by perinatal substance use. Their advocacy for families is valued all over the world and Don't Quit the Quit is proud to call our doula colleagues our friends!
At the end of the session, the learner will be able to:
- Identify the impact of substance use disorders on the maternal/fetal dyad.
- Recognize the importance of substance use screening using the Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) technique during the perinatal period.
- Consider opportunities to reduce the stigma persons with substance use disorders experience during the perinatal period.
Free Continuing Education
If you would like free continuing education credit through DONA Internation you can register for free on the DONA Elevate Website and search for Strengthening Support for Families Impacted by Substance Use Disorders: Doulas are Vital.
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Colorado's Opioid Solution
In 2019, Colorado Hospital Association, Colorado Medical Society and Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention launched a new initiative designed to address the opioid epidemic – Colorado’s Opioid Solution: Clinicians United to Resolve the Epidemic (CO’s CURE). CO’s CURE brought together diverse clinical specialties, all committed to resolving the opioid epidemic in Colorado through the development of opioid prescribing guidelines that seek to treat patients’ pain more effectively while reducing unnecessary exposure to opioids.
In May 2021, CO's CURE released its Obstetrics and Gynecology 2020 Opioid Prescribing and Treatment Guidelines. These guidelines were developed in partnership with the Colorado Section of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Maridee Shogren, Don't Quit the Quit-PI, served on the Obstetric and Gynecologic Specialty Editors team and contributed to this document. In addition to Obstetrics and Gynecology, CO's CURE has developed prescribing guidelines in emergency medicine, surgery and anesthesia, hospital medicine, pharmacy, dental, and occupational & environmental medicine. Please visit CO's CURE to learn more about these prescribing guidelines and the great work going on in CO to address the opioid epidemic.
Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Maternal Health Care
Learn how to improve your quality of care by understanding, respecting, and responding to a patient’s experiences, values, and beliefs.
Addressing the Specific Needs of Women for Treatment of Substance Use Disorders
SAMHSA has released updated Advisories for healthcare professionals. This Advisory is based on TIP 51, Substance Abuse Treatment: Addressing the Specific Needs of Women. It offers guidance to providers and administrators about the particular needs of women during substance use disorder (SUD) treatment. Please visit and download for free.
Nutrition Needs During Opioid Use Disorder and Recovery
Although, there are no standard nutritional interventions for pregnant persons with substance use disorders or during recovery, a proper nutrition education with healthy lifestyle can prevent nutritional deficiencies and decrease the risk of mental health illness symptoms. The “Nutrition Needs During Opioid Use Disorder and Recovery” webinar provides nutritional intervention strategies and recommendations that may enhance recovery and prevent recurrence. This webinar also explores nutritional needs and challenges that are specifically related to pregnant persons with substance use disorders.
- Recognize nutritional needs and challenges for pregnant persons struggling with substance use disorders or during recovery
- Review common side effects of medications and how they impact nutrition status
- Identify nutritional intervention strategies that may enhance recovery and prevent recurrence of substance use