PREGNANT WOMEN & INFANTS

PREGNANT WOMEN & INFANTS PROGRAM (6-9 MONTHS)

If you're pregnant with a history of opioid addiction, this 6-9 month residential program can help you and your baby.

Our program for pregnant women and infants is a unique therapeutic community that offers you Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), which may include methadone, buprenorphine or naltrexone, along with the prenatal care you need so you can deliver a healthy baby. After your child is born, you may continue to complete your treatment while in residence with your newborn. The community experience includes prenatal care services as well as parenting education activities, so you can learn more about what's best for your baby.

Understanding your situation is where we begin. Many women in our program come from unstable family situations and have received limited health care. Some are at risk of losing custody of their babies because they have not done well in other treatment programs. As an expectant mother, you'll be part of a therapeutic community where staff members and new mothers work together to create a nurturing, caring and recovery-focused atmosphere for you and your baby. Entering treatment with us means you won't have to worry about a place to live, food and clothing, medical care and job training. You can focus, instead, on the health of your baby and your own recovery journey within a safe community family.

Once you deliver, you can return here to learn about creating a new life for yourself and your newborn baby.

This program for pregnant women and infants is designed to help you feel more in control about becoming a mother. You’ll receive comprehensive pre-natal, postpartum and pediatric care through Bellevue Hospital. You’ll have access to HIV/AIDS testing and counseling, pharmacological training and a psychiatric evaluation and assessment. You can also participate in parenting classes, homemaker training and education on domestic violence and job readiness. Our expectant mothers program also provides you with 24/7 childcare and baby supplies, such as clothes, toys and diapers. There are nutritious meals and snacks as well as outings and events. When you complete the program, we'll equip you with other things a new mother needs, including strollers, infant wear and a crib.

Although everyone's circumstances are different, the normal length of stay at our pregnant women and infants program is 6 to 9 months. We can adjust your stay if you are required to stay longer. We'll also consider when it's appropriate for you to transfer from our community, based on medical or clinical issues and how well you're meeting your treatment plan goals. You may even complete the program in less than six months, (but not less than four months) if you are meeting your critical treatment plan goals and there are no other extenuating circumstances. We'll also consider if there is a stable living environment available to you and your child, and if you have medical clearance to be discharged to the outpatient maintenance program or another Medication-Assisted Treatment maintenance program.  After you delivery your baby, you may choose to discontinue maintenance or taper instead. It's up to you. 

Ready to begin? Give us a call. We’re here for you and your baby.

ADMISSION CRITERIA

For consideration, you must be currently dependent on an opiate (heroin or perscription pain medication), be able-bodied and motivated to actively participate in a residential therapeutic community. You must also be at least 18 years old and speak English. You must provide two forms of Personal ID (one w/photo). You'll also need a TB test or chest X-ray, a health assessment (clinic–verified methadone dosage), a toxicology report and a psychological evaluation (if you're on psychiatric medication).

Accepted Insurance

Providers include Affinity, Amida Care, Fidelis, Health First, Health Plus, HIP, Medicaid, MetroPlus, UHC, VNSNY Choice and WellCare. If you don’t see your provider listed, just give us a call at (347) 538-2632.

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Or email us at info@lesc.org

I’m now a mother to all my children, including my 5-month-old Timothy who was born while I was in the program. Timothy will come to know his brothers and sisters now because we are a family again.

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