Introduction

Before you decide to have a baby or when you find out you are pregnant, you will need to consider the effects of taking prescribed or non-prescribed drugs and alcohol on you and your unborn baby. We can encourage and support you to make the changes that will improve your health and your unborn baby’s health. Some changes that will help you and your unborn baby:

  • Get advice or support through drug and alcohol services. You can call Centre for Addiction Medicine on 02 8860-2565 for self-referral
  • If you are pregnant, present to your nearest maternity service for assessment and ongoing care
  • Contact your GP to discuss your pregnancy and how the prescribed/non-prescribed drugs/alcohol might affect you and your baby
  • Some prescribed or non-prescribed drugs cannot be stopped safely without medical support, so please seek medical advice before stopping any drug
  • Attend your regular antenatal appointments to make sure both you and your baby are well
  • Talk with the nurses and midwifes caring for you about ways to improve your diet, and overall health.

 

Centre for Addiction Medicine (CAM)

The Centre for Addiction Medicine (CAM) provides specialist clinical services and professional support in the care of pregnant women with substance use and alcohol dependence, medical, social and psychiatric conditions. A multidisciplinary team approach is used to ensure the health of the mother and the medical needs of the baby.

CAM can provide the following services:
  • Brief intervention, education and information
  • Inpatient and outpatient withdrawal management and treatment for alcohol, cannabis, amphetamine, benzodiazepine
  • Commencement of opiate substitution therapy (methadone or buprenorphine)
  • Smoking cessation
  • Support with Drug Use in Pregnancy Services (DUPS)
  • Psychiatric support
  • Counselling
  • Group programmes
  • Viral hepatitis clinic

Referrals can either be self-referred, or referred by family, friends, community or health organisations or other service providers. You can call the CAM Intake line on (02) 8860 2560 from Monday to Friday between 8.45 am and 4.45 pm.

If you need urgent help on weekends or public holidays present to your nearest emergency department or call 000.

Drug Use in Pregnancy Service (DUPS)

Women’s and Newborn Health provide a dedicated clinic for pregnant women who are prescribed certain types of medication as well as women who may be using or have recently stopped using certain non-prescribed drugs and/or alcohol. Our team of doctors, midwives social workers and specialist nurses are both trained and committed to helping you make the changes needed for parenthood.

Our Multi-disciplinary Team approach ensures that staff coordinate your care to help meet your medical, emotional and social needs. We want the best outcome for you and your baby and aim to work with you to achieve your goals.

You can book in for pregnancy care in the Women’s Health Clinic Monday to Friday from 8.00 am until 4.00pm. We do not require a referral to see you. Please see the clerical staff at the front counter and ask to speak with the Nurse Unit Manager or Midwife in charge. See our web pages for more information on the Women’s Health Clinic and Booking in for pregnancy.

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"If you are seeing the Centre for Addiction Medicine please advise them that you are pregnant and they will assist you to book in for pregnancy care"