Substance Use in Maternal & Child Health

Opiate Addiction & Family Planning


This project is explores the experiences of women who were pregnant while using opiates and who have given birth. The results of this study will inform the development of interventions to improve the health and well-being of opiate addicted post-partum mothers and their babies, either through family planning and birth control and/or through the tapering and abstinence of opiate use by the mother.


The specific aims of this project are to:

  • Understand whether addicted women are interested in tapering or abstinence from opiate use and in access to effective family planning methods.
  • Identify barriers and facilitators to tapering/abstinence from opiate use and effective family planning methods.


This is a qualitative, focus-group based study. The results of this study will inform the development of behavioral treatments for substance abuse. The data will also inform future research proposals that address barriers and facilitators to tapering/detox and the adoption of effective family planning practices.

Who We Are

Research Staff

  • Dr. Sheri Eisert Primary Investigator
  • Dr. Linda Detman Co-Investigator
  • Dr. Sondra Fogel Co-Investigator
  • Dr. William Sappenfield Epidemiological Consultant

Funding Sources

Contact: Dr. Sheri Eisert -