Originally published at about.kaiserpermanente.org. Kaiser Permanente is a Hall of Fame company.
Kaiser Permanente’s Project Nurture was started in 2018 and helps guide expectant moms and new mothers who have substance use disorders.
The program provides virtual and in-person addiction treatment and maternity care from a team that includes an ob-gyn, a family physician, addiction counselors and two weekly support group meetings.
Project Nurture also offers help from peer support specialists — women who have overcome their own substance use while pregnant.
Women who have or are recovering from substance use disorders face a grim stigma from some members of society who believe they don’t have the tools to be good parents. This withering judgment often leaves them too ashamed to seek prenatal treatment or help with their substance use, especially if they are actively using substances.