Pediatricians can accompany birth parents with opioid use disorder (OUD) and infants with neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome (NOWS) through their recovery journey. The family-centered care and pediatric medical home framework can ensure mother-infant dyads will have a healthy start and achieve the most positive health outcomes.

Pediatric health supervision visits present numerous opportunities for clinicians to develop trusting relationships with families. Recovery friendly environments can enhance access to multidisciplinary comprehensive treatment and care for infants with NOWS and birth parents with OUD.

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  • Pediatricians play an integral role in accompanying families living with opioid use disorder to facilitate access to care for both parents/adult caregivers and infants. #ShareYourKnowledge about #NOWS.
  • Pediatricians are essential partners in accompanying families living with opioid use disorder in their recovery journey. Check out more resources about neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome (#NOWS) and #ShareYourKnowledge.
  • Where can you go for targeted resources to assist families of infants with neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome (#NOWS)? #ShareYourKnowledge
  • Pediatricians know that birth parents with opioid use disorder love their children. Learn how you can accompany families affected by opioid use in their recovery journey. #ShareYourKnowledge about #NOWS with your peers.


Implicit Stigma & Bias

Supportive Family-centered Care

Substance Use During Pregnancy and Plans of Safe Care (POSC)

Recovery Friendly Family-centered Pediatrics

Recovery friendly pediatrics supports family-centered care for infants exposed to opioids during pregnancy and their birth parents. Pediatricians understand the challenges of becoming a parent and they can accompany families during the recovery journey. Each section includes 2 educational videos and supportive content, also available for download in a handout format.

This project is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $500,000 with 100 percent funded by CDC/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CDC/HHS, or the U.S. Government.

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American Academy of Pediatrics