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Increase seen in pregnant women with opioid addictions

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Pregnant women with opioid addictions are becoming more common according to medical professionals.

The Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care hosted a forum for health professionals Thursday in Sparta.

Doctors now say that early detection of dependency can have significant effects on the health of both mother and baby. Some women though fear being judged by other women, or even the health care workers, which is a serious obstacle for early identification of addiction.

Phillip Nielsen, a perinatal social worker at Mayo Clinic Health System said that healthcare providers must equip themselves and their staff with the ability to understand where these women are coming from, and be sensitive to what they have experienced in their life, as well as to understand the resources available to them. 

 "We know that trauma and chemical dependency often go hand-in-hand, so we recognize the inter-relatedness of some of these issues. So if we treat one thing, we have to be thinking about are their other things that are operating in that woman's life," said Nielsen.

Mayo Clinic Health System's Sparta campus hosted its fifth session of this regional forum series Thursday.

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