New Vision for Expectant Mothers™

Medication Stabilization

New Vision Expectant Mothers

State of Addiction: Program works to help pregnant mothers beat addiction

New Vision for Expectant Mothers has been featured on WLKY. The story of Marcy, a patient who was treated successfully before the birth of her baby boy, is featured. Our Service Coordinator, Paige Ross, and Dr. Jonathan Weeks, doctor of maternal-fetal medicine and NVEM medical director, were also interviewed about the service.

New Vision for Expectant Mothers™ is a medication stabilization service designed to provide the expecting mother with specialized care during their pregnancy. Substance abuse during pregnancy is common. Nationally, up to 25 percent of expectant mothers are using illicit drugs. With more than 1,000 people dying each year, Kentucky has exceeded the national average for drug-induced deaths. Many are related to a statewide increase in addiction to opiates, most recently heroin.

New Vision Expectant Mothers Withdrawal Management

When a pregnant woman is addicted to drugs or alcohol, her baby is also addicted. The New Vision for Expectant Mothers™ service at Norton Women’s and Kosair Children’s Hospital is committed to helping mothers and babies break the cycle of addiction and go on to lead healthy, productive lives.

New Vision for Expectant Mothers ™ services include:

  • Knowledgeable, supportive staff who are skilled in caring for pregnant women with addiction and their babies.
  • The typical length of stay in the hospital is two to seven days. When the patient is ready to leave the hospital, a qualified NVEM clinician will provide discharge planning, information and referral for follow up recovery treatment.
  • Protection of the health of the mother and baby.
  • Education about the dangers of using alcohol or illegal substances while pregnant.


New Vision for Expectant Mothers
Norton Women’s and Children’s Hospital
4001 Dutchman’s Lane
Louisville, KY 40207

Telephone: 844-969-4673

Most insurance plans accepted

SpecialCare Hospital Management Corporation administers this service for the hospital and has a financial interest in this service. The diagnosis of need for inpatient admission can only be made by a licensed physician. (rev.061015)

Substance Abuse Facts

  • 20% of pregnant women smoke cigarettes
  • 12% of women drink alcohol during pregnancy
  • 6% of women use an illicit drug at least once while carrying a child to term

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)
is the leading known cause of developmental disabilities in newborns. Complications of FASD include:

  • Growth deficiency before and after birth
  • Developmental delays
  • Intellectual challenges
  • Behavioral problems

Perinatal Cocaine Exposure Effects

  • Low birth weight
  • Smaller head circumference
  • Abnormal neonatal behavior