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Stigma is amplified if a person who uses drugs becomes pregnant. 1,2 They may become isolated even from people who knew about and accepted their substance use before pregnancy. It is important that you and your support system build up your selfesteem and hope for your future. You have many positive qualities and deserve to be your best self. You deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, as someone capable of making the best choices for yourself. You deserve to be surrounded with people that help you identify, grow, and celebrate your strengths. You deserve to talk with people not only about how to work on problem areas, but how to imagine and plan for a happy future. Talk with them about accessing healthcare and what your hopes and concerns are. Talk with them about medications for opioid use disorder as well as whether you envision having a family now or in the future.

www.perinatalharmreduction.org

Part of respectful healthcare is trauma-informed care. Traumainformed care is healthcare that recognizes the impact of negative life experiences such as incarceration, unhealthy intimate relationships, loss of loved ones, as well as emotional, verbal, and sexual abuse.

Ask your care providers to become familiar with "trauma-informed care."

You deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, as someone capable of making the best choices for yourself.

www.harmreduction.org

Profile for National Harm Reduction Coalition

Pregnancy & Substance Use - A Harm Reduction Toolkit  

This information is intended for use by pregnant and parenting people who use drugs, their loved ones, and their service providers. Our goal...

Pregnancy & Substance Use - A Harm Reduction Toolkit  

This information is intended for use by pregnant and parenting people who use drugs, their loved ones, and their service providers. Our goal...

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