Support for Expectant Parents in Substance Use Recovery


In-person, specialized childbirth education for Palm Beach County expectant parents who are in treatment or recovery from substance use disorders.

The benefits of childbirth education
Childbirth education can help parents-to-be feel more supported, knowledgeable, and ready to make decisions as they prepare for the birth of their child. Attending childbirth education sessions in person can provide a dedicated time for those parents-to-be to focus on themselves and their baby, and to connect with other expectant parents who are sharing similar experiences.

Unique needs and challenges
Pregnant people in treatment or recovery from substance use disorders have unique needs — not only physically but also emotionally. These individuals have often been shamed for becoming pregnant while using substances. They might feel unprepared for the process of childbirth or have questions regarding pregnancy, birth, and newborn care that are specific to their situation. Traditional childbirth education classes, and possibly even their health care providers, might not always be able to address these specific concerns, and substance use treatment facilities and/or addiction professionals may not have the resources to adequately provide this type of education themselves.

Benefits to substance use treatment organizations and your clients
You want to provide outstanding care for every client your facility serves, but you might find that you don’t have the in-house resources to fully address your pregnant population. Inner Wild Birth Support can help bridge that gap, by providing unbiased, evidence-based childbirth education to your clients, further supporting their efforts to find an empowered, fulfilling path to parenthood and lasting recovery from substance use.

Specialized support
Inner Wild Birth Support believes expectant parents have the right to understand their childbirth options and to be treated with dignity, respect, and compassion. The specialized childbirth education sessions listed below are presented for individuals navigating treatment for substance use disorders, by combining childbirth education material with the opportunity for participants to explore some of the added challenges they may be experiencing on their journey of recovery.


SESSION TYPES AVAILABLE:


Childbirth education for the birthing person in treatment/recovery from substance use

Topics of discussion can include:

  • Labor coping skills/comfort measures
  • Different scenarios possible in labor and birth, along with birth facility procedures and interventions
  • Options such as care providers, birth teams, birth plans, and parenting support resources
  • The postpartum recovery time and the initial newborn phase
  • The emotional components of the childbearing season of life, including the additional component of the substance use recovery experience

Type: Typically a 3-class series (2 hours per class); group setting


Childbirth education for the partner of a birthing person who is in treatment/recovery from substance use

This session can cover many of the childbirth topics listed above, but presented in a shortened format and tailored to address the specific experiences of the partner of a birthing person who is in substance use treatment/recovery.

Type: Typically a 2-hour stand-alone class; group setting


Childbirth education for a birthing person’s partner who is in treatment/recovery from substance use themselves

This session can cover many of the childbirth topics listed above, but presented in a shortened format and tailored to address the specific experiences of the partner of the birthing person, when that partner is in substance use treatment/recovery themselves.

Type: Typically a 2-hour stand-alone class; group setting


Childbirth education for the grandparent(s)-to-be (when the birthing person and/or their partner are in treatment/recovery from substance use)

This presentation aims to bring grandparents-to-be up to date on childbirth and parenting choices, along with addressing some of the additional aspects of the childbearing experience that can be unique to their loved ones in treatment/recovery from substance use.

Type: Typically a 2-hour stand-alone class; group setting


Childbirth education for a substance use disorder treatment/recovery organization’s staff members

This presentation addresses the experience of parents-to-be who are in treatment/recovery from substance use, aiming to provide a professional facility’s staff members a clear, concise overview of general childbirth education key points and leaving them feeling better equipped to support their program’s pregnant/expecting participants with confidence and compassion.

Type: Typically a 2-hour stand-alone class; group setting


(Information subject to change)

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Inner Wild Birth Support’s childbirth education sessions specialized for substance use recovery are presented by:

Jaime Hogan birth doula and childbirth educator

Jaime Hogan

Owner, Inner Wild Birth Support, LLC

Birth doula & childbirth educator
CCC in Addiction Studies


Read Jaime’s full bio here

Photo of Kristin Schwarz

Kristin Schwarz, LM, CBFE, HBBE, CTT

In collaboration with Inner Wild Birth Support, LLC

Florida-licensed midwife
Certified instructor, The Happiest Baby on the Block
Certified CAPPA Pregnancy and Postpartum Fitness Educator


Read Kristin’s full bio here





Inner Wild Birth Support, LLC