Strengthening Support for Families Impacted by Substance Use Disorders: Doulas are Vital
Approximately 2 in 5 women in the U.S. struggle with illicit drug use. Substance use disorders (SUDs) are connected to higher maternal mortality rates and risks for maternal/fetal complications. Persons with SUDs often experience disrupted prenatal care leading to inadequate support. Doulas can provide needed support, education, and referrals for persons seeking evaluation of perinatal substance use. Don’t Quit the Quit (DQTQ) is a North Dakota grant program funded by the Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts. DQTQ has supported training for postpartum doulas in an effort to expand community support for and decrease stigma toward rural families struggling with substance use.
DNP, CNM, CLC
Maridee Shogren DNP, CNM, CLC, is a Clinical Professor at the University of North Dakota. Dr. Shogren is the PI on the Don’t Quit the Quit grant and working to increase access to care and grow community support for perinatal persons in recovery from opioid use disorder.