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Perinatal Hope: A Pregnancy and Substance Use Disorder Rehab Program  

Whether you’re pregnant or a new mom who is struggling with a substance use disorder, or you know a woman who is, AHN’s Perinatal Hope Program is here to help. We provide women with a safe space to get the care and support they need to live their healthiest lives. 

Take the first step in living your best life — for you and your baby. Reach out to the Perinatal Hope Program today by calling (412) 578-5575. You can also request a call from us and someone will reach out to you soon. 

About the Perinatal Hope Program

Know this — we’re here to help, not to judge. When you participate in the Perinatal Hope Program, you’ll get the treatment you need to care for yourself and your child within a safe, judgement-free space. We’ll help you overcome the addiction to opioids, alcohol, smoking, or any other type of drug and give you support to ensure you and your baby remain together.

Here’s all that the program offers:

  • All-in-one appointments: If you’re pregnant, you’ll have a standard OB-GYN exam before receiving withdrawal treatment and attending counseling sessions. Your appointment and sessions will occur in the same place, on the same day, easing the burden for you. 
  • Drug and alcohol counseling: The core of our program, this counseling will help you overcome your substance use disorder. Done within a safe group setting, you’ll connect with other moms and learn techniques to stay substance free. (Counseling is provided on-site by POWER: Pennsylvania Organization for Women in Early Recovery.)
  • Group support: Our moms will have the opportunity to learn together. You’ll hear from experts on topics like breastfeeding, infant safety, family planning, and healthy lifestyle choices. You’ll also be matched with a peer mentor for extra support.
  • Medication-assisted treatment: To ease drug withdrawal symptoms, you can get medication-assisted treatment or be referred to a methadone clinic. This’ll make things a bit easier.  
  • Specialist connections: You may have what’s called a high-risk pregnancy, which means you’ll need extra special care. We can connect you to specialists and provide the highest levels of care to you and your baby.  
  • Post-pregnancy services: We’ll help you stay substance-free after the baby arrives. We’ll connect you to counseling services, primary care doctors, and pediatricians to help you successfully stay healthy. 

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Specialized care for your baby

If you’re struggling with a substance use disorder while pregnant, that substance will get passed to your baby. In that case, your baby may have a condition known as neonatal abstinence syndrome, or NAS. Babies with NAS may need specialized care to handle withdrawal symptoms, which include tremors, seizures, or difficulty breathing or feeding. 

AHN will provide specialized support through those first few days of life and will continue to do until your child reaches age 3. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Fast treatment: We’ll closely monitor your baby for five days after delivery and look for signs of NAS. We encourage you to stay at the hospital during that time to bond with your infant and get used to breastfeeding. If your baby does show signs of withdrawal, we’ll start treatment immediately. 
  • Specialized care: For babies that need extra special attention, you’ll have access to the highest-levels of medical care in our neonatal intensive care units (NICU). Learn more about our NICUs.

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Maybe you’re dealing with anxiety or another mental health issue, or maybe adapting to motherhood has been hard and you’re experiencing postpartum depression. AHN is here to provide support and care for all of life’s ups and downs. Call (412) DOCTORS (412) 362-8677 to make an appointment with another health specialist. 

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You are not alone

Opioid use disorder (OUD) continues to grow in the United States. Around 2.1 million people struggle with OUD* and the number of pregnant women affected has quadrupled over the last two decades.** If you’re facing these challenges, know that we are here to help you and your baby. 

Contact us

Remember, hope begins the moment you ask for help. Reach out to AHN to get the treatment you need to overcome opioid use disorder and care for your baby. Call (412) 578-5575 or request for us to call you.

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Find us

We have multiple locations in western Pennsylvania, making it easier to get the care you need:

Forbes Hospital
Forbes Family Medicine
2550 Mosside Blvd., Suite 500 
Monroeville, PA 15146

Jefferson Hospital
Jefferson Women’s Health
575 Coal Valley Road, Suite 209A
Jefferson Hills, PA 15025

West Penn Hospital
5140 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Allegheny Women’s Health
1307 Federal Street, Suite B201
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Century Medical Associates – Natrona Heights
3063 Freeport Road C
Natrona Heights, PA 15065

Uniontown 
97 Delaware Ave
Uniontown, PA 15401

Connellsville
700 Park Street
Connellsville, PA 15425

Erie
Learn about Erie’s Growing Hope program or call (814) 452-5273.

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Williams AR, Nunes EV, Bisaga A, et al. Developing an opioid use disorder treatment cascade: A review of quality measures [published correction appears in J Subst Abuse Treat. 2018 Sep;92:99]. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2018; 91: 57–68. doi:10.1016/j.jsat.2018.06.001


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Haight SC, Ko JY, Tong VT, Bohm MK, Callaghan WM. Opioid Use Disorder Documented at Delivery Hospitalization — United States, 1999–2014. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2018; 67: 845–849. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6731a1external icon. Downloaded August 14, 2019. 


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PA Media Group: PennLive. Rate of opioid use and other drug use soars among pregnant women in Pa. Updated Dec 11, 2018; Posted Dec 11, 2018. https://www.pennlive.com/news/2018/12/rate-of-opioid-useand-other-drug-use-soarsamong-pregnant-women-in-pa.html. Downloaded August 14, 2019.


NIH (National Institute on Drug Abuse) https://www.drugabuse.gov/opioid-summariesby-state/pennsylvania-opioid-summary 

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