Introduction to Prenatal Exposure for Those Considering Adoption

Radio Show


prenatal exposures

Should you adopt a child who has been exposed prenatally to alcohol or drugs? What are the short and long term impact of drinking during pregnancy or use of methamphetamines, opioids, Methadone, Suboxone, marijuana, and tobacco (cigarettes or vaping)? We talk with Dr. Julia Bledsoe, a board certified pediatrician specializing in adoption and prenatal exposure. She is a professor at the Univ. of Washington in General Pediatrics, and also the faculty pediatrician at the UW FAS (fetal alcohol syndrome) Clinic, the longest standing FAS center in the US. She is also an adoptive parent.

+ Hit the Highlights

  • Prospective adoptive parents considering any form of adoption (domestic infant, foster care adoption, or international adoption) often need to consider whether they are the right family to adopt a child with prenatal alcohol and drug exposure.
  • How often is accurate information known about maternal alcohol or drug use during pregnancy with each type of adoption?
  • Are there signs or symptoms of a child that may have been exposed to alcohol and drugs in utero absent confirmation from the mother?
  • What is known about the amount or timing of alcohol or drug use and the impact on the baby or child?
  • Short term and long term impacts of the following substances:
    • Alcohol-does it matter the type of alcohol?
    • Methamphetamines
    • Opiates opioids-prescription
    • Opioids illegal
    • Heroin-fentanyl
    • Methadone or Suboxone
    • Marijuana
    • Ecstasy, inhalants
    • Tobacco-smoking cigarettes or vaping
  • What should parents consider when trying to decide if they are the right family for a child with prenatal exposure?
  • What are some ways that parenting a child with prenatal exposure is different from parenting a child with no or limited exposure?

Music credit: Michael Ashworth

22/11/2019 | by Radio Show | Categories: 2019 Shows, Adoption, Adoption Radio Shows, Radio Show | 0 Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to Top ↑

Content created by Creating a Family. And remember, there are no guarantees in adoption or infertility treatment. The information provided or referenced on this website should be used only as part of an overall plan to help educate you about the joys and challenges of adopting a child or dealing with infertility. Although the following seems obvious, our attorney insists that we tell you specifically that the information provided on this site may not be appropriate or applicable to you, and despite our best efforts, it may contain errors or important omissions. You should rely only upon the professionals you employ to assist you directly with your individual circumstances. CREATING A FAMILY DOES NOT WARRANT THE INFORMATION OR MATERIALS contained or referenced on this website. CREATING A FAMILY EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS LIABILITY FOR ERRORS or omissions in this information and materials and PROVIDES NO WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, implied, express or statutory. IN NO EVENT WILL CREATING A FAMILY BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES, including without limitation direct or indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages, losses or expenses arising out of or in connection with the use of the information or materials, EVEN IF CREATING A FAMILY OR ITS AGENTS ARE NEGLIGENT AND/OR ARE ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.