Focus Area: Substance Misuse

Substance misuse and abuse often have long-reaching effects for both mothers and babies


Substance abuse and misuse, from smoking and consuming alcohol to opioid use during pregnancy, put both mother and baby at risk before and after birth – including the far-reaching effects of premature birth, birth defects, neonatal abstinence syndrome, development delays and other factors in infant health and mortality.

Bootheel Babies & Families brings together regional healthcare providers, including hospitals, pediatricians, obstetricians, primary care physicians and substance abuse treatment providers, to collaborate and provide support for expectant and new moms.

Explore what Bootheel Babies & Families is doing to address these causes in six Bootheel counties.

Substance Misuse Blog Posts
The Bootheel Opioid Crisis Affects Moms and Babies
The Bootheel of Missouri is in the epicenter of a region with the highest opioid prescription…
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Project WIN helps mothers with addictions beat the odds
Bootheel Babies & Families is pleased to feature Brooke Burlison, BSW, QAP, and the program coordinator…
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Does secondhand smoke really hurt my baby?
No doubt, you’ve seen posters and billboards explaining how smoking while pregnant places babies at risk.…
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Resources for new parents

From healthcare to transportation and basic needs support, explore local resources.

Healthcare during pregnancy

When to see a healthcare provider during your pregnancy.

Preparing for your baby

Steps to take before bringing your baby home.

*NIH: National Institute on Drug Abuse

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