- Opioid use disorder is a persistent and expanding public health problem among perinatal populations.
- Obstetric providers are accustomed to screening for and addressing chronic conditions that pose perinatal risks, including opioid use disorder.
- ACOG and the SMFM encourage obstetricians to play a central role in identifying patients and linking them to lifesaving treatment for OUD.
- Obstetric providers can contribute to treatment access by learning to manage acute withdrawal and bridging to community-based treatment.
- The postpartum period is a particularly vulnerable period for patients with OUD and continuity of care should be maintained past the traditional 6-week period.