A national trend on the rise also causing concern in Washington is the dramatic increase in maternal addiction and neonatal abstinence syndrome. To address the increased need for information and resources to treat addicted women and their babies, the Safe Deliveries Roadmap program has focused recent educational sessions for clinicians and staff on how to navigate the rise in maternal addiction.
According to Washington’s 2014 inpatient discharge data, 18 per 1,000 maternal discharges had an opiate-related diagnosis (a 19.4 percent per year increase from 2006-2014). Approximately 11 per 1,000 maternal discharges had a newborn with drug withdrawal syndrome diagnosis (a 14.2 percent per year increase from 2000-2014).
The recent Safe Deliveries Roadmap sessions have highlighted obstetrical care and recovery treatment for addicted women, where clinicians can find services and resources, and understanding neonatal abstinence syndrome. These archived presentations are available by request from Janine Reisinger. (Janine Reisinger)