This course is designed for adoption professionals and pre/post-adoptive families.
1- Hour Online Audio Course (Certificate of completion will be immediately awarded upon successful completion of the course including passing a 10 question quiz with a grade of 80%)
Should you accept an adoption match where the baby has been exposed to opiates, heroin, methadone, or other drugs? Is methadone better for the baby? What is the long-term prognosis for a baby with prenatal exposure to drugs? What can be done to help with withdrawal? In this course, Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility & adoption education and support nonprofit, interviews Dr. Julia Bledsoe, a pediatrician specializing in adoption medicine and drug and alcohol exposure with the University of Washington Center for Adoption Medicine and the UW FAS Clinic.
This course includes:
- What are the most common drugs that are being used by pregnant women?
- What are the common treatment medication/drugs given to addicts who are trying to get off drugs?What are the short-term long-term impacts on infants exposed to optiates?
- What are the short and long-term impacts of infants exposed to Methadone and Suboxone in pregnancy?
- What are the short and long-term impacts of infants exposed to methamphetamines (meth) in pregnancy?
- What are the short and long-term impacts of infants exposed to cocaine in pregnancy?
- What are the short and long-term impacts of infants exposed to marijuana in pregnancy?
- Does the timing of prenatal exposure affect the prognosis for the child? Is there a safer time for a fetus to be exposed to drugs in utero?
- How serious is drug dependency and withdrawal for the infant?
- What drugs used in pregnancy cause the worst withdrawal symptoms in the newborn?
- How is withdrawal treated in the infant? How is Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) treated in babies born dependent?
- How common is it for women who use drugs during their pregnancy to also drink excessively during their pregnancy?
- How long does withdrawal in an infant born dependent really last?
- How do you foster attachment while baby is suffering through withdrawal?
- One thing you hear a lot is that “early intervention is key” and that a baby’s brain can be rewired during the first couple of years with the right therapy. What exactly does that therapy entail? Where can you find it? What strategies should you be using at home with your child with a diagnosis of prenatal drug exposure?
- Are children who have prenatal exposure at a greater risk for drug abuse as teens and adults if they were adopted and not raised in an environment that exposed them to drug use?
- What blood born diseases that women who use drugs are exposed to are more likely to have?
- What is the risk to a baby whose mother has Hepatitis B or C?
- What are the treatments for Hep B and C?
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