Freedom Healthcare Services treats pregnant women who have an opioid addiction. Initially, pregnant patients who contact F.H.S. are advised that methadone maintenance treatment is the FDA approved form of treatment for an opiate addicted pregnant woman.
Another option for a pregnant woman is Subutex treatment. This form of treatment allows the patient to have the flexibility of taking home a prescription that will help stabilize her craving for opiates. F.H.S. provides each pregnant patient on Subutex with individualized psychotherapy services and coordinates her treatment during pregnancy.
At F.H.S. a patient is required to get prenatal care through an OB/GYN or midwife throughout her pregnancy. If a patient is having trouble finding prenatal care, F.H.S. will assist the patient in finding a provider. A patient also receives educational information developed by staff discussing drug use and pregnancy.
Patients are asked to sign releases of information for their OB/GYN or midwife so that F.H.S. staff may coordinate care, to help monitor patient’s pregnancy.
Nursing staff completes a monthly update with the patient until the eighth month and then begins weekly updates until birth.
Medical staff informs the patient that upon admission to the hospital, the hospital should call F.H.S. to confirm patient’s medical information in order to have continuity of care.
Freedom Healthcare Services ensures that each female patient is fully informed of the risk to herself and her unborn child from continued use of illicit drugs. F.H.S. educates patients on potential risks from continued use or withdrawal from a narcotic drug which is administered and or dispensed as part of their comprehensive maintenance treatment.