A Center of Excellence model integrating maternity care and addiction treatment for pregnant women with substance use disorders
Project Nurture provides prenatal care, inpatient maternity care, and postpartum care for women who struggle with addictions as well as pediatric care for their infants.
Women enrolled in Project Nurture receive outpatient addiction treatment by certified alcohol and drug counselors (CADCs) and receive Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD), including methadone or buprenorphine, alongside their pregnancy care. This program provides comprehensive evidence-based care both for both the pregnancy and addiction, improving maternal and infant outcomes.
Project Nurture has been shown to reduce placement of children in foster care, increase prenatal visits, and decrease child maltreatment.
Project Nurture’s model is to engage women in prenatal care and drug treatment as early in pregnancy as possible, provide inpatient care for their delivery and follow them and their infants for a year postpartum providing case management and advocacy services throughout. Women who participate in Project Nurture are informed of policies regarding DHS Child Welfare reporting and we believe that this transparency facilitates a trusting relationship with providers and allows us to advocate for women and their families whenever possible.