Stigma is the biggest barrier between pregnant women with opioid-use disorder and prenatal care. The No. 1 fear of those moms-to-be in Vermont? That the Department of Children and Families might take their babies.
In this installment of Hooked, her yearlong series exploring Vermont’s opioid epidemic, staff writer Kate O’Neill navigates the programs and processes for women giving birth while addicted. Vermont has five times more opioid-exposed newborns than the national average, but that may because of improved access to treatment in the state.