July 2017


Volume 2, Issue 7: July 5, 2017

The ATTC Center of Excellence on Behavioral Health for Pregnant and Postpartum Women and Their Families (ATTC CoE-PPW) has launched Families In Focus, an e-newsletter for PPW programs. This publication contains updates on the work of the ATTC CoE-PPW, including new resources, training offerings, opportunities to connect with other PPW programs, and more. Visit www.attcppwtools.org to learn more about the ATTC CoE-PPW.



Cultural Competency and Spirituality

Learn more about how cultural competency, spirituality and embracing diversity affect pregnant and postpartum women and their families. During the June 6th PPW Project ECHO, Diana Kramer, MA, BHT, SAMHSA PPW Program Director of Native American Connections, delivered a didactic presentation on cultural competency, spirituality and diversity within the context of PPW programs. The presentation discussed how cultural foundations influence a woman’s health and healing process. The presentation is available for on-demand viewing on our site. Slides can also be downloaded and include links to a number of resources, including some of the following:

Attachment-based Parenting

Learn more about attachment-based parenting and how attachment styles affect child development. During the June 20th PPW Project ECHO, Hendrée E Jones, PhD, Executive Director, UNC Horizons Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology School of Medicine at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, delivered a didactic presentation on attachment-based parenting. The presentation discussed how parenting leads to different attachment styles in children and how each style affects child development. The presentation is available for on-demand viewing on our site. Slides can also be downloaded and include links to a number of resources, including some of the following:

New Didactic Coming in July

  • Medication-Assisted Treatment (7/18/17 PPW ECHO)

Research Update | PPW and Families in the Literature

  • Patterns of Polydrug Use among Pregnant Substance Abusers: A recent study in the journal of Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs found that the likelihood of polydrug use increases within the first trimester of pregnancy. The study suggests polydrug use is widespread among pregnant women who use substances. Policies, interventions, and research often focus on individual drugs separately, but there is a need to address drug use broadly. This should include awarding more attention to those not eligible for established interventions and giving more consideration to a variety of life circumstances, such as partner drug use.

  • Research with Pregnant Women: New Insights on Legal Decision-makingThe Hastings Center Report recently published this article, which offers a nuanced view of the potential legal complexities that can impede research with pregnant women. It reveals new insights into the role of legal professionals throughout the research pathway, from product conception to market, and it highlights a variety of legal factors influencing decision-making that may slow or halt research involving pregnant women. The author’s conclusion is that “closing the evidence gap created by the underrepresentation and exclusion of pregnant women in research will require targeted attention to the role of legal professionals and the legal factors that influence their decisions.”

  • Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and Ethical Approaches to the Identification of Pregnant Women Who Use Drugs: Recently the Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology published an article detailing the recent opioid epidemic and its impact on pregnant women. This article explores the efficacy of methods used to identify pregnant women who use substances, and the ethics of doing so.

  • Co-Occurring Trajectory of Mothers' Substance Use and Psychological Control and Children's Behavior Problems: The Effects of a Family Systems Intervention: This NIDA-supported study examined the effects of a family systems therapy on the co-occurring trajectory of mothers’ substance use and psychological control, and its association with children's problem behaviors. The study found that mothers in family therapy were more likely to reduce their substance use and their level of psychological control. The research also found that children with mothers who showed decreased substance use and psychological control exhibited lower levels of problem behaviors.

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The mission of the ATTC CoE-PPW is to strengthen the ability of the behavioral healthcare workforce to serve the pregnant and postpartum population. The ATTC CoE-PPW is funded by SAMHSA as a supplement to the Mid-America ATTC, in partnership with the Great Lakes, New England, and Southeast ATTCs.
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