Drug and Alcohol Exposure in Utero What is the Impact on Children & Families (MOD036)

Length: 3-3.5 hours

Each year, an estimated 10-15 percent of infants are affected by substance exposure. Prenatal exposure to alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs, or prescription drugs has the potential to cause a wide spectrum of physical and developmental challenges for these infants. There is also potential for ongoing challenges if substance use disorders are not addressed. Coordinated services and early intervention for pregnant women is critical in preparing families for optimal bonding, health, and well-being. MOD036


By the end of this training, Home Visitors will be able to:

  • Discuss risks of substance use for unborn babies and newborns.
  • Describe Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, and strategies mothers can use to soothe their babies.
  • Understand Garrett’s law, specific to Arkansas, and how it pertains to prenatal substance use.
  • Convey strategies for educating mothers about substance use, helping them overcome barriers, and connecting them to resources.