Supporting Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women Through the Opioid Epidemic

“On an almost daily basis I take care of women struggling with opioid addiction or dependency in pregnancy and the post-partum period.” Sarah Obican, MD, a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Subspecialist at the University of South Florida and MotherToBaby expert, knows she’s not alone as the opioid epidemic rages on in America. “I actively screen patients in early pregnancy and see them on our antepartum units.” It’s a crisis she and our other birth defects experts are trying to curb.

This page houses important resources pertaining to opioid use and abuse during pregnancy and while breastfeeding, including links to our evidence-based Fact Sheets. However, the resources here should not replace the care and advice of a medical professional.

For specific questions about opioids during pregnancy and breastfeeding, please contact MotherToBaby toll-FREE at (866) 626-6847, email-an-expert, chat live or text your questions to (855) 999-3525 (standard messaging rates may apply; check with your carrier).

Opioid-Related MotherToBaby Fact Sheets

Opioids | Narcotics

Other Related Fact Sheets

Mom and Mental Health




Opioid-Related “Baby Blogs” & Podcasts

Dear Opioid-Addicted Moms-To-Be, We Are Here for You

We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby! What Have Four Decades Taught Us about Alcohol and Drugs in Pregnancy?


Other Opioid Health-Related Articles & Webinars

Free Webinar for Health Care Providers on Opioid Abuse in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding, conducted by the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists, the National Society of Genetic Counselors, Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and the Teratology Society (Recorded: January 24, 2018)

Following White House Proclamation, Opioid Resources Unveiled for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women, Health Providers


Additional Resources

Substance Abuse Treatment Services Facility Locator, (800) 662-4357

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, (800) 622-2255