Methadone: The Effects Of Epidemine And Its Effects On Mothers

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Effects on Mothers This disease can cause many issues amongst the mothers whose child has NAS. Often times people just look at the effects that NAS has on the baby but the drug-abusing mother is also effected. Women have been using prescription and some nonprescription drugs while pregnant and letting themselves get an addiction for them. In (14) . . . says, “There has been a 33 percent increase in nonmedical use of prescription opioid pain relievers among pregnant women in the last decade.” The rise has been prevalent because of mothers not getting the proper education before pregnancy on what drug-abuse in babies can lead to. Not only can the baby have health problems, but the mother can as well. Some of the hazards that they might face …show more content…
The risks for not getting proper prenatal care can be devastating and life threatening to the mother and the child. Also, women that don’t seek prenatal care, and some that do, might be looking for addiction help. That is a good thing and a bad thing. Some of these women turn from what they were using to methadone (2). Methadone has been proven to help women with drug abuse with pregnancy but it is doctor regulated and assumed that she is getting the proper prenatal care for the baby (7). The doctors that will use this system will use it when it is best suited for the parent and child, but they must regulate how much methadone is being given because of risk factors for relapse in the mother (14). . . . states that it does not matter what substance is used because every time a mother uses any type of drug during pregnancy she is putting the fetus in harms’ way for an overdose or withdrawal …show more content…
The nurses are in charge of caring for the infants and screening them and following through with all of the treatments for the child (2). In this way the nurses almost feel as if it were there children. Having to watch these infants so carefully and care for them like they are their own makes them feel like the mothers (2). The nurse can be put under a lot of pressure with her job and when it comes to treating every child correctly. They are put into situations where it is best to use their maternal instincts to best address a conflict. Dealing with NAS patients isn’t easy; they require a lot of attention and time as well as treatment for withdrawal. Nurses are the people in charge of assessing the infants for signs and symptoms of the disease and it can be difficult when addressing the situation with the mothers and getting all of the facts (2). These nurses are hard workers and go through a lot every day to better serve their

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