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Navigating the Maze: Sexual Health and Literacy for Pregnant and Postpartum Women with Substance Use Disorders
June 22, 2020

While the prevalence of unintended pregnancies in the general population in the United States is roughly 50%, it is much higher among women with substance use disorder (SUD). Unintended pregnancy is associated with a wide range of negative outcomes for women, children, and their families. A paradigm shift in how reproductive/sexual health is conceptualized for women with SUD is needed. The presenters will focus on sexual health education, literacy and reproductive life planning.The slides focus on the following objectives.

  • Identify the unique and common issues women who are pregnant or post-partum with SUD face in accessing and implementing reproductive life planning

  • Identify ways stigma, discrimination and prejudice play a role in access and implementing reproductive life planning for women who are pregnant or post-partum with SUD.

  • Examine the roles that trauma experiences and intimate partners play in access and implementing reproductive life planning for women who are pregnant or post-partum with SUD.

  • Discuss how to have productive and engaging conversation with pregnant or post-partum women with SUD about sexual health and reproductive planning