Allegheny Health Network opens one-stop-shop for addicted mothers

Allegheny Health Network in Pittsburgh has launched a program that pulls together group prenatal care and support, drug and alcohol counseling and addiction recovery to assist expecting mothers, reports Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Perinatal Hope uses a centralized delivery model to provide all-around mental and physical support to addicted and pregnant patients.

"There's a lot of wonderful agencies out there that help women," said Deborah McDonald, director of women's health programs in the hospital network. "If we can help do the navigation for them, that's what we'll do."

As part of the program, a team of nurse practitioners and social workers will travel between Allegheny hospitals to serve patients across the system.

The program receives funding from March of Dimes, the Highmark Foundation and the Jewish Women's Foundation of Greater Pittsburgh.

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