Maternal Substance Abuse During Pregnancy Care Managers

1186 Words Nov 4th, 2016 5 Pages
Maternal substance abuse accounts for problematic health concerns in infants, according Forray (2016), “5.9% of pregnant women use illicit drugs, with usage age ranging from 15-44 years of age” (p.3). Types of illicit substances used during pregnancy consist of Cocaine, Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Heroin, and an array of other illicit substances. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. For my immersion experience I choose to focus on the population of women who uses illicit drugs during pregnancy.
Reflection of Immersion Experience
Interaction Activity I attended a parenting class for maternal substance abuse facilitated by Pregnancy Care Managers (PCM). The PCM program is located in Cumberland County Health Department. The parenting class offers support services to mother on handling stressful situations that occur during and after birth. PCM’s are registered nurse or social workers that assigned by referral made from an OBGYN office. Women are selected for the program based on certain risk factors such as, substance abuse, mental diagnosis, or lack of resources.
The class I attended included about four different women from various cultural backgrounds. Three out of four women used substances during pregnancy. Each woman discussed their own personal struggle with drugs. No one story was explained the same, each woman had different paths that lead them to partake in illicit substances. I learned that these women had…
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