Webinar: Perinatal Substance Use: Screening, Treatment, and Impact on Pregnancy Outcomes

[Update: An additional resource was added to the resource list below on October 21, 2021.]
[Update: An additional resource was added to the resource list below on October 28, 2021.]

Substance use and drug overdoses in the United States are on the rise since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Researchers also report increased anxiety and depression among pregnant women. What does this mean for perinatal substance use? And what can home visitors do to help?

In this webinar — hosted by LA Best Babies Network on September 16, 2021, for staff in our network of home visiting organizations and Welcome Baby hospitals — Dr. Margaret Lynn Yonekura, MD:

  • Defines addiction, substance use disorder, and opioid use disorder
  • Shares the importance of screening for perinatal substance use, including how to recognize and identify substance abuse
  • Discusses the short- and long-term impact of substance abuse for mother and baby
  • Reviews potential treatment options and resources in the community
  • Provides strategies for sharing treatment options and resources with families in a non-judgmental way

About the presenter:

In addition to serving as LABBN’s Executive Director, Dr. Margaret Lynn Yonekura is the Director of Community Benefits for Dignity Health – California Hospital Medical Center. She is also an Associate Professor of Clinical Ob-Gyn at the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles, with a research focus in infectious diseases in Ob-Gyn and perinatal substance abuse. Dr. Yonekura also oversees Options for Recovery: Harbor-South Bay, the comprehensive perinatal substance abuse treatment program she established over 20 years ago at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

Over the course of her career, Dr. Yonekura has received numerous awards for teaching excellence and has been recognized at the local, state, and national levels for her service to the community and for the programs that she directs. 

LABBN hosted this webinar for Welcome Baby Registered Nurses and other staff in L.A. County’s Family Strengthening Network on September 16, 2021.
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