Jessica Silansky, CMA
Jessica@MethadoneSupport.org

Jessica Silansky is a Certified Methadone Advocate, a certified Hepatitis C Educator and a Substance Abuse Counselor. Jessica’s most recent position was in Springfield, Massachusetts as a Case Manager for clients with the Disease of Addiction. Jessica is a graduate of Westfield State College Addiction Counselor Education Program. Jessica resides in the Springfield, Massachusetts area where she is currently spending time with her family and is a full time college student working on her ultimate goal of a masters degree in Counseling Psychology

Jessica first came to MethadoneSupport.org/PregnancyInfo seeking advice about pregnancy and methadone for herself and she has been here ever since. Her special interest in methadone and pregnancy drove her to expand her knowledge and she attended the New England School of Addiction Studies where she took classes in methadone and pregnancy. Jessica has been studying and learning all she can while she filled the role of Pregnancy Support Specialist for the site.

After finding recovery back in January 2005 Jessica found her calling and discovered her passion- Substance Abuse Counseling. It was through the death of someone very close to her that she came to realize that she needed to seek recovery and change her life. Jessica has had two babies while in treatment on methadone and is grateful for her recovery and the lifesaving medication that assisted her in maintaining her recovery and assuring the healthy outcomes to both her pregnancies. Jessica felt so strongly about methadone maintenance treatment that she traveled to the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD) convention in New York City in April of 2009 where she attended the course to become a Certified Methadone Advocate (CMA).

Jessica quickly realized that her true calling within her passion of substance abuse counseling was methadone and pregnancy. She loves working with all the women that find our site in need of support, education and facts. Jessica plans to be here for a long time to come and working on our pregnancy support forum is a tremendous joy for her.

We at MSO are proud and grateful to have Jessica here!....

Carol Sholiton
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auntie2010
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 Posted March 24th, 2010 04:28 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
I have a new little nephew. He is only 10 days old. He is being treat for NAS. He is doing very well. He is taking morphine and he scores are staying around 3 or 4. We are kinda wondering if the hospital is giving us the run around. Everyday they find something new to check on him. Doing tons of test for things that just dont add up. Like one day, the dr was listening to his heart and thought something sounded a little odd. So, the did an EKG. Well, he has been on the heart monitor the whole time and nothing has alarmed. That confuses me. The also are saying today that his BP is up just a tick. So, they wont drop his meds today either. This is a very content baby and seems to be doing great. In the beginning he wasnt eating well and they did some test on his tummy and digestive tract. Everything came back great there too. Could someone please help us in knowing if this is all normal. They just dont seem to want to lower his meds. And we just wonder why?
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 Posted March 24th, 2010 06:47 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Hey Auntie congrats on the birth of your new little nephew! I will try to help amswer some of your questions to the best that i can but i believe jessica who is a mod for our sight will be on here soon and would be able to help you alot more than I. However this is what i do know after every child is born whos mother was on methadone they will provide testing for the baby this test is called the finnigan test for short the finn test now usually if the baby scores higher than an 8 more than 3 time in arrow they will usually begin medication for the baby as you were saying he is scoring3's and 4's right now so that sounds pretty good to me however i am no dr usually after a few good days of low scores they will begin to lower the baby however i know that i myself have been weening from methadone and it is making my blood presure elevated as well so perhaps he may be slightly uncomfortable and that is why they are waiting to ween him i know if you send jessica a private message she usually posts in tons of our main threads she will be glad to help you more sorry wish i was of more use.
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Marlogirl
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 Posted April 14th, 2010 09:34 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Hello Everyone and thanks for welcoming me. I wasn't thinking about posting here to introduce my self and give you all a little background. So i guess I'll do that now.
I'm 31 yrs old, married with 3 children (fixing to be 4 soon) My oldest daughter is 14 her name is Chelsea (I had her when i was fixing to turn 17) her father has never been in her life, so I meet my husband when she was about 7 to 8 months, been married to him for 13 yrs now. Since we got married I had my 2nd child in 1998 and he is 11 yrs old name isMatthew. Both of those pregnancies I was not on methadone or anything else. After I had Matthew I started taking pain pills and ended up on them pretty bad. I tried the clinic back in 2000 but really wasn't ready to stay sober. Then got back on pills after thinking the methadone had healed me and I just stopped going cold turkey when I was on 80 mgs. Of course that didn't last to long. I think until I broke my foot and I got that first script gave to me. Well my husband and i were having a lot of problems due to my using and we were split up when I found out i was pregnant with Troy my 8 yr old (he will be 9 on June 23). I used every excuse I could to justify me getting high until my husband and I got back together and I decided to go back to the methadone clinic. I was 6 or 7 months pregnant then. I did as the doctors and clinic said and stayed below 50 (was on 45 mg when I gave birth), was told by EVERYONE that he would be there for about 2 weeks at the most up until I had him and I was asking the nurse about it and she said no we sometimes keep them up to 6 weeks. Of course I was mad to the time, not only at all them lying to me but at myself for letting myself get my innocent child in that situation. Even after the doctors were going to release him around 6 weeks the social worker said no and when I went and tried to take him, him to another hospital they called child services on me. But I had spook to another hospital and they had never heard a child staying that long either, but I didn't go about it in a smart way, so I see that now and didn't then. I had to let a social worker come to my house, check my other kids out and our living arrangements and was cleared but the social worker still said not until he's off the Paragorgic which is an opiate.They sent him home on the phenobabrtail and his doctor helped me wean him off within a few months. So that was a bad experience for me at the time, i didn't know what to expect, didn't go about getting treatment fast enough, and didn't research the best place to have a baby when your on methadone.
I took 4 pregnancy test 2 days ago and 3 said pregnant but one said error and I went into the doctor today and they took a test and confirmed but I have to find an OB doctor to go to and they will check me and all that. I'm thinking I should have this baby around December but since i lost track of my cycle I'm not for sure. Does anyone know of any good places to have a baby in the East Tennessee area? I'm closer to Chattanooga but Knoxville isn't to many more miles away. I had Troy at UT in Knoxville and prefer not to go back there. The clinic gave me a list of doctors that they have heard of being pretty good with Methadone babies but as of right now havn't commit to just one doctor and not going to until i feel 100% certain they know what they are doing. This time will be different because i'm on the clinic from day one and all the other pills I won't be on.
I do have a few concerns though because even though I don't abuse other drugs like I did before there are some differences this time that i've never had to deal with when i had my other children. This time not only am I a little older but I have been on Prozac for about 8 years now, Elivel for about 5 years now, and xanax about 5 yrs. I stopped taking the Elivel a few weeks ago because it was making me so tired but now I think that was just me being pregnant. But when I went today to see my regular family doctor he said oh just stop taking it all and here are some buspar's. i still didn't feel comfortable with that and talked to my pharmacy and he told me not to do it without tappering off of them. Start my prozac every other day for a week and a half then half of that for a week and a half and so on. Then the xanax half 3 to 7 days and keep halfing it until I'm down but to begin the Buspar in the meantime. Who should i listen to the doctor or the pharmacy and my gut feelings. One reason I'm so concerned is because I'm going to college to become a Social Worker and all my classes I've taken about Xanax they have said how bad it is to withdrawl from them. I'm prescribed 0.5 mgs 3 times a day but usually only take 0.5 mgs twice a day unless I start having panic attacks and then I do take the 3 a day. So many things are different this time but i still feel like i got more against me. I have a trip planned next month to Italy and Paris, does anyone know if it's a good ideal for me to go? I know the safest time is the second trimester but the doctor said it was fine. Don't know how fine it's going to be when I'm in the middle of changing all these meds, sick all day long, and may end up so depressed i won't want to leave my room. Let alone the US. Oh, one last question, I've seen some post saying they split their dose, is this because they were getting sick from the whole dose? When I was pregnant with Troy i gained weight up until I got on Methadone because I stayed sick all the time after that, had no desire to eat, and when I did I had to make myself eat it and keeping it down was the worst part and now i feel the same way again. I've lost 9 pounds since Feb. I can't eat and this started before I found out I'm pregnant. Any advice is needed and appreciate. You ladies have a blessed night.
   
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 Posted April 19th, 2010 11:18 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Marlogirl,
Hi hun and welcome to our site!! Congrats on your pregnancy as well!!!

Now, to answer your question about what split dosing is.... that is when - lets say you were on 20 mgs of methadone a day. Now you find out you are pregnant. Split dosing is highly recommended for pregnant women because it keeps your methadone levels in your system much more stable so if you were to split dose and like I said hypothetically on 20 mgs of methadone daily you would take 10 mgs in the morning when you wake up and then about 12 hours later at night time take the other 10 mgs, as apposed to taking it all in the morning. Keeping your methadone levels as stable as possible is much better for the growing fetus/baby and for mom!!! If you can do it I highly recommend it! As far as just stopping the xanax, I have not heard of any doctor ever saying just to stop taking a benzo - this can cause withdrawals which is not safe for you or baby. Can you consult with another doctor or switch to a doctor that can help you with this issue because obviously your doctor doesn't understand that, or maybe you can go talk to your doctor and tell him that it is very unsafe to just stop taking this med and see if he can work with you to slowly and I mean slowly wean you off. I am going to look into how safe it is to even be weaned off a benzo while pregnant and get back to you. Just know I am not a doctor. I am a substance abuse counselor and a mom who has given birth to two girls while on methadone. I cant not give you medical advice. I will however look into this and get back to you so you have more info to bring back to your doctor to possibly find the safest solution to this.
Best wishes and hugs,
Jessica

Jessica (Jensen) Silansky, CMA
Primary Pregnancy Support Specialist
Substance Abuse Counselor
Certified Methadone Advocate
Certified Hepatitis C Basic Educator
Member of NAADAC, AATOD & MOAR
Passed CADAC1 exam
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Marlogirl
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 Posted April 20th, 2010 12:33 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Thanks a lot Jessica! I always say no one knows your boby like you do and my gut feeling was that my doctor was wrong and me being pregnant makes it not only me at risk but also my unborn child. But I went to my first OB appt today and since I somehow forgot when my last period was they are not sure about my due date and they are doing an ultra sound Friday to check and see how far along I am. But I did speak to my doctor and also told him about my mother is dying of lung cancer and how I'm worried about not having my Prozac, even more so than my Xanax. He told me he'd rather me be on Prozac than Buspar and to cut down slowly and as much as possible on the Xanax. I'm down to 0.5mgs of Xanax a day, which is the lowest dose I know of and only been taking my Prozac every other day like the pharmaciest told me too. It's been almost 2 weeks now and so far i seem to be doing okay, but my days with my mom are Weds and Thurs, so I'll know then how well I really am emotionally. Those days always get me down, just seeing her like that is hard. i will keep you posted and anything you find out about my meds is very helpful. I understand your not a doctor and will only do what my doctors tell me to but the info will be helpful for me and make me feel better that I'm doing the right thing. As of right now I have 2 different doctors telling me 2 different things and then the pharmaciest saying something different too. Kind of makes me question the medical profession and wonder if they know what they are talking about.
   
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 Posted April 26th, 2010 04:16 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Marlogirl,
I am so sorry about your mother hun! If you ever need to talk to anyone please, feel free to call me anytime. Even if its like 2 a.m. and you are feeling down or no matter what it is... I am here!
Hugs, hugs, and extra hugs,
Jessica

Jessica (Jensen) Silansky, CMA
Primary Pregnancy Support Specialist
Substance Abuse Counselor
Certified Methadone Advocate
Certified Hepatitis C Basic Educator
Member of NAADAC, AATOD & MOAR
Passed CADAC1 exam
Jessica@MethadoneSupport.org
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jennadeuel
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 Posted May 8th, 2010 02:47 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Hello Everyone I am new to this site. I found this through a search engine when I was looking for info on Methadone and pregnancy

I am currently 27w3d pregnant with my second child, a boy this time. I have a 16mo old daughter named Elora. I am due August 5th. I take Methadone for a back injury due to a car accident in 2004. I have a one level fusion, L5-S1 and L1-2 is now pretty much bone on bone. My SI joints are also pretty well messed up and so is my tailbone. I have been on the Methadone for about 2 months before I found out I was pregnant, which btw was a total surprise. I take 10mg 3x a day. This dose is not touching my pain anymore, but I do not want to have it upped for fear of having more a chance of the baby having withdrawals.

I was just looking for other moms out there who either are on a very low dose, or take Methadone for pain and not addiction recovery. My whole pregnancy, ive asked my perinatologist repeatedly if the baby will have any withdrawal from the Methadone, and he has told me so many times that I am on such a low dose, that he will be fine. I took Percocet my whole pregnancy with my daughter and she was perfectly fine. Then at my last visit last week, they told me that when the baby is born, he will be drug tested and watched very closely for withdrawal symptoms. If he shows any, he will be taken to the NICU and treated with Morphine until they go away. I broke down crying! This was total news to me! I don't know how to handle this kind of info. I wasn't prepared for any of that.

So if anyone has any positive stories or anything that will put my mind to rest, I'd SO greatly appreciate it. Thank you

Jenna
   
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Jenna - I responded to your post in the thread you started but here is what I wrote - I just coppied it and am pasting my responce here as well for you! Hugs, Jessica.....


Hi hun and welcome to our site! Unfortunately a lot of women are misinformed about what will or may happen after the birth of their baby by doctors and it really is upsetting to me. I guess that is part of the reason this has become what I concider to be my lifes work and my #1 passion in life (short of being a mother myself that is! ) and I too know all to well what it feels like to have a doctor tell me that I was on such a low dose that my baby wont have any issues and will go right home, as I too was on methadone for the birth of both my daughter, but for my 1st I was told because I was only on 40 mgs daily of methadone that she would go home with me... I knew no better and trusted my doctor... then at 24 hours old the doctors came in my room took her from me and said she needed to be treated for NAS symptoms (neonatal absesnce syndrome - aka infant withdrawals) and she was in the hospital for 5 weeks and 6 days, now I also want to point out here that at the time of her birth a few years ago, this hospital wasnt as up to date as they are now and she (knowing what I know now) did NOT need that long of a stay. She would have done fine with a 3 week stay... In anycase, the facts are this, 80% of babies born to moms on methadone (wether it be for pain or for addiction) need treatment for NAS. The average stay for a baby being treated for nas is 3 to 5 weeks - yet some stay less than this and others may stay a tad bit longer. I have personal worked with clients of mine who were on 200 mgs and another on 210 mgs of methadone daily, as I tell all the women here and both of their babies were able to go home from the hospital after the 5 day observation period. Maternal dose amount has ABSOLUTELY NO BEARING ON THE OUTCOME OF NAS FOR THE BABY!!! (I was on 16 mgs daily with my 2nd pregnancy and my daughter still needed to be treated for NAS and as I said I have had clients on WAY more than I - such as the 200 mgs daily and their babies symptoms were so minor that there was NO need for medical intervention. Another fact that a lot of women get confused about it this: I hear a lot of women say "I hope my baby has no NAS" or "My baby was born with no nas" and I must point out here that EVERY baby born to a mom on methadone WILL show some symptoms, however some babies show such minor symptoms that unless you are truly a trained preofessional you would never be able to tell because some symptoms are identical to "normal" infant behaviors. So, doctors and nurses pay very close attention and use a particular system to score the baby once they are born to determine the severity of NAS and as I said before some babies are able to go home after the 5 day observation period because the symptoms are so very minor that they do not need medication. Please also keep in mind that it can take up to 5 days for symptoms to appear and that IF the hospital you give birth at wants to send you and baby home after 3 days PLEASE fight to keep your baby there for the full 5 days, as I have seen too many moms have to return to the hospital a day or so later because the baby was in full withdrawals, and this is dangerous as this can cause siezures if withdrawals are left untreated - if they are severe enough to warrant treatment that is.
Anyway, I want you to know that whether you are on methadone for pain or addiction treatment - both are welcome here and I am so glad that you found our site! The more informed you are the better off you and your baby are! If you have any questions please feel free to call me, as many of the women that have found this site do call me or text me. I am always available for you and all the women here! Or just post here or e-mail me. All my contact information is below!
Congrats on your pregnancy and welcome to our family!
Hugs, Jessica

Jessica (Jensen) Silansky, CMA
Primary Pregnancy Support Specialist
Substance Abuse Counselor
Certified Methadone Advocate
Certified Hepatitis C Basic Educator
Member of NAADAC, AATOD & MOAR
Passed CADAC1 exam
Jessica@MethadoneSupport.org
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 Posted May 16th, 2010 09:56 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Hi My name is Karla and I'm not new here but I haven't been on in such a long time I thought I should re-introduce myself. I finally got a home computer so I'd like to come here more often now. I have a 16 month old 5 month old little girls both born on methadone and neither needed to be treated for NAS. They were born at 2 different hospitals so I had very different experiences as far as their treatment. My first was actually born in the car on the wat to the hospital so for the second I decided to find a closer hospital. Even though they were only about 30 miles apart they treated the babies completely different. The second went home after 48 hrs no observation period at all. That hospital odviously was not informed on methadone withdrawls in babies. Luckily she seemed to have no NAS but from what I hear it shows up later than 2 days. I'm so glad this sight was here for me and I want to be able to help others going through the same thing because unfortunately there are many many hospitals and doctors who just aren't educated on methadone in pregnancies. Well hope to talk to you all in the forums and thanks again. Karla.
   
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Hi Karla and welcome back to the site!!! I remember you and am glad you wanna come on here and help out other moms to be! Thanks!
Hugs, Jessica

Jessica (Jensen) Silansky, CMA
Primary Pregnancy Support Specialist
Substance Abuse Counselor
Certified Methadone Advocate
Certified Hepatitis C Basic Educator
Member of NAADAC, AATOD & MOAR
Passed CADAC1 exam
Jessica@MethadoneSupport.org
1-860-798-5785
   
misserin9584
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 Posted May 24th, 2010 12:19 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Hello everyone! I just found this wonderful place & got an account imediately! I am looking for ALL the support I can get! I just recently got on with the local clinic in my area (Spokane, WA) -is there anyone here from around my area?- Anyway, I am 21 weeks pregnant with a baby boy and I am experiencing some anxities as to my baby going into withdrawl & if the state is going to step in and take him away! aghhh!!! i am sooo scared! Anyway, I just wanted to introduce myself!! so happy to be here with ya'll!
   
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I am new here and joining because i am in desperate need of some advice and information that my doctors and counsolers aren't really giving me. I am very concerned. Actually scared to death. I have 2 children that currently live with my om because of old DCF (department of children and families, in florida) cases, (my ex and i had some major problems, like many of us have had). The cases are both closed and i am currently 7 months pregnant and on methadone and going to a clinic in daytona bch fl. does anyone know if just because u are on methadone dcf will automatically intervine?? I have drastically changed my life and am trying to start over, i have had all clean ua's. Do the nurses and doctors call them when u r at the hospital? Do u think there will be any problems with me bringing the baby home with me?? i am really terrified and at this point dont know if i can take losing another child. Please, any advice at all about this will help. Thank you!
Carmen~
   
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misserin9584 & mommy2be,

WELCOME to our website and family!!! I am glad you both found us! Please do not stress too much. Yes it can be worrisome and scary having a baby on methadone however there is a lot of support here and I am here to educate all the women who come my way here. Whatever questions you have feel free to contact me directly via my cell phone (all my contact info is below every post I make) or there is my e-mail, you can pm me here or just start a new topic thread and ask away!

Misserin9584- There was a woman here not too long ago from I believe your exact area. I will try to contact her and let you know. I am almost positive she is from that area! She just had her baby a little while back!

Mommy2be- I have seen quite a few baby's born to families out of Florida who were on methadone and none of them had there babies taken away for just being on methadone. Keep doing the right thing and stay sober. You will have plenty of proof when the baby is born and will be able to show DCF that you have worked hard on changing your life around. I am sure your counselor at the clinic can even attest to this if this is the case. DCF can be very intimidating however they ultimately want mother and baby (or kids) together. I know this as I have worked with a few DCF workers myself and the goals have always been to reunite or to keep my clients with there children... Everyone has a different situation though. Stay positive and keep doing the right things.

A lot of hospitals by law have to call DCF (child services) when a baby is born dependent on a substance, testing positive for an addicting substance or born to a mom who is on a medication that is considered addicting (legally or not legally) I dont agree with tax payers money being waisted to call DCF and have them "investigate" a mom who has been on methadone for a while and has been sober for a while, or a mom who is on pain management. I can understand if there are reasonable reasons, but to just do it because a mom is on methadone is silly to me. It needs to be more individualized than that! Dont even get me going on that though!
But for now both of you, please try not to stress the what if's before the baby is even here. I know that is hard to do and just so you both know, not only am I a substance abuse counselor, I am also a mother who has had 2 babies while on methadone treatment herself - SO I UNDERSTAND EVERY POSSIBLE EMOTION YOU BOTH FEEL!!!! Trust me girls, I've been there! Pregnancy is crazy enough but then top it off with all our fears because we are on methadone!!!! It can be a pretty emotional ride! Just relax and stay sober and continue to do the right things, okay! Things will work out!
If you have any questions or need someone to talk to please feel free to call me or contact me however you are most comfortable!
Hugs,
Jessica


Jessica (Jensen) Silansky, CMA
Primary Pregnancy Support Specialist
Substance Abuse Counselor
Certified Methadone Advocate
Certified Hepatitis C Basic Educator
Member of NAADAC, AATOD & MOAR
Passed CADAC1 exam
Jessica@MethadoneSupport.org
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misserin9584
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Jessica- THANK YOU for the support!!! It means so very much to me! I do have a question- Will the hospital let me breastfeed my baby while on methadone? - now, i had an OBGYN appointment yesterday and i asked my nurse lady there & she said "uhm, no, i don't think that they will let you because methadone passes through the breastmilk" then, i started crying because i already feel like a failure as a mother with this one and then she said "oh honey, i really dont know the answer" with my daughter i had no addiction issues whatsoever, and i also breastfed her for one year- she NEVER had a bottle or formula or anything , she just had my milk, and that experience was so awesome for me & her. Well anyway, I am VERY determined to breastfeed this one also. I asked my nurse at the methadone clinic today and she said -yes, it is actually encouraged. Well, i want to know what to expect with all this breastfeeding business after i have the baby & if the hospital is going to be weird, or if it matters what nurse i get and if they are pro or anti methadone...what factors make the decision in this? Please let me know!!! Help!! thank you soooo much!!
   
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misserin9584,
First hun you dont have to thank me... thats what I am here for! I love being here to support and educate all the woman that pass through here. Its a blessing to me to be able to be a small part of all of your lives and pregnancies! I love - no - I LOVE doing this!
(however thank you for saying thank you! Its always so nice to hear! )

Now to answer your question.... some hospitals will allow you to breast feed and some wont. Some will say if you are on more than "such & such" milligrams than you can not breast feed... I think any hospital that doesn't allow you to breast feed is undereducated! Breast feeding is perfectly safe and beneficial to any baby! Such a tiny minuscule amount on methadone passes through the breast milk. It is even said that it may help the baby a little. Like in my area there is 1 hospital that allows breast feeding no matter what dose of methadone you are on and one hospital that has changed its rules a few timers in the last 5 years! Right now it is saying if you are on more than I think its 110 or something like that then they will not allow you to breast feed. What I suggest is that you call the local hospitals in your area and ask what their rules are. Then call again maybe within the last month of your pregnancy to be sure their rules have not changed. That way you can pick a hospital that allows breast feeding. I always also recommend if its possible to go to the hospital in person and tour the maternity ward and the nursery or nicu and ask what the treatment protocol is for baby withdrawing from methadone. See how they do things 1st hand... Its good to see it if you can before you go. I think it helps give you a better idea of what to expect too!
Hope that helps a little hun!
Hugs,
Jessica

Jessica (Jensen) Silansky, CMA
Primary Pregnancy Support Specialist
Substance Abuse Counselor
Certified Methadone Advocate
Certified Hepatitis C Basic Educator
Member of NAADAC, AATOD & MOAR
Passed CADAC1 exam
Jessica@MethadoneSupport.org
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 Posted June 14th, 2010 07:15 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
My name is Sarah, I have been an mmt patient since august 2004.I have been clean since then without any relapses or failed uds's. I just found out I am just over 4 weeks pregnant. It was planned and I was on fertility drugs to get pregnant. We just didn't think it would happen so quick! I have detoxed from 110mg down to 35mg and would love to be able to finish before the baby is born. The big problem I have though is that the dr that helped me get pregnant doesn't know about the methadone. I know I know I should have told him, but I had such bad experiences when telling dr's i decided not to thinking my detox would probably be finished by the time it worked. In 2008 my previous OBGYN did laparoscopic surgery on me. I told him from the beginning that I was on methadone. After my surgery he wouldn't even give me extra strength tylenol. Not that I was trying to get pills, for god's sakes I hadn't taken a hydrocodone pill in 4 years!! But he told me that I would "just have to use my methadone for my pain" Then proceeded to send me home with an antibiotic that you can't take with methadone (cipro). So after that experience I learned what meds I can and can't take, seeing as the dr's looked down on me and were to lazy to even delegate the task of calling my clinic and seeing what I could take and seeing what kinds of patient i was. So that's my story. I did however discuss taking the fertility drugs with my clinic dr and counselor before starting the clomid. So can I finish my detox as long as i make sure I'm staying comfortable, and also should I tell my obgyn about the methadone, or try to find an ob that works with a lot of mmt patients? My counselor did tell me about a dr that is great with mmt patients and a lot of her other patients have went to him. I'm just kinda scared and needing some advice from people who have been there. I do have 2 children ages 7 and 8 but I wasn't on anything when they were born.
   
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 Posted June 15th, 2010 01:09 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
SarahMarcum,
Welcome to our site hun and congrats on your pregnancy!!! I am so glad you found this site! its a wonderful site for support and education on methadone and pregnancy and after...
To answer your question tapering off methadone while pregnant is a big no no and is not recommended at all. This can be VERY dangerous to the fetus. Tapering while pregnant can cause miscarriage, in-utero withdrawals for the fetus, and pre-term labor to name a few things. IF you were to chose to taper the ONLY trimester it is safe (and I use that term very lightly) is in the 2nd trimester. In the 1st trimester your baby is too tiny to withstand any withdrawals and also just because you may not feel any withdrawals while tapering does not mean the baby/fetus doesn't. In the 3rd you put your self at the highest risk for pre-term labor. Also in the 1st trimester you are at a higher risk to miscarry.. although all of these are possibilities during the 2nd trimester as well...
I know what its like to have a baby on methadone. I have had both of mine while on methadone. I am also a substance abuse counselor and my primary area of study is in methadone and pregnancy just so you know. I can assure that having a baby on methadone is perfectly safe. Methadone will not cause any developmental defects nor will it cause any growth restrictions. Yes your baby may need treatment for NAS (aka: infant withdrawals) however this is easily treated and once its over thats it baby goes home and all is well. Babies are kept comfortable and they do not suffer. Nor are they made to be over medicated and "drugged up". I will gladly answer any questions you have and if you prefer you may call me anytime. My cell number is listed below every post I make. I look forward to talking more with you. And PLEASE feel free to ask any questions you need to hun. If you chose to taper I understand and will support your choice.
Congrats on your pregnancy again and welcome to our site!!
Hugs.
Jessica

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SarahMarcum
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 Posted June 15th, 2010 05:44 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Is there any correlation between the dose you're on and how bad NAS for the baby is? And is it true that sometimes you may need to increase your dose later in your pregnancy? Thanks for getting back to me so quick! I am so grateful to have found a place where there are other women like me that are supportive and non judgemental!
   
miracle
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 Posted June 28th, 2010 07:30 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
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Sharon wrote:
Welcome! Please post and tell us a little about yourself when you feel comfortable.

Susie and I are here to help, support and educate you. If we don't know the answer to your questions we will do our best to find out for you!

Hugs,
Sharon and Susie
Please help! I've read thru a few of the quotes and things this is a wonderful website. I just found out 4 days ago I am pregnant its a wonderful thing I am so excited. My boyfriend is also, but theres the methadone he is totally against it. I have been on methadone for 10 months now I recently had a very good friend go thru having a baby on methadone so i think its the best thing considering my past. Then my mom calls freakin out about having a baby addicted to anything and it could have problems in the future, and his family is totally against it everyones response is good she needs to get off methadone now and wont listen to anything elese I know this is long its just a horrible situtation for me. please any advice with non understanding family.
   
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 Posted July 5th, 2010 11:06 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
miracle

Congrats on your pregnancy hun! People who do not know anything about or who do not know the TRUE facts about having a baby on methadone tend to freak out ant think its an awful thing! First having a baby on methadone is VERY safe! 2nd, just know that the mothers maternal dose amount has NO bearing what so ever on the outcome of NAS (NAS is infant withdrawals) I have seen mothers on 200+ milligrams give birth to babies that had such minimal withdrawals that they did not require medical treatment and were able to go home with mom after the 5 day observation period. FACT: Methadone WILL NOT cause any developmental delays EVER in your child's life not now or later. Not ever. Babies born to mothers on methadone grow and develop and are just as smart as babies born to mothers who were never on methadone.
Let me also note here that this is what I do for a living. I am a substance abuse counselor and my primary area of study is methadone and pregnancy and after... I also have had 2 children while on methadone treatment. They are perfectly fine and they are smart kids!
They do say that methadone may cause babies birth weight to be a little less than normal but this is not always the case and its not even something that is concern causing. My girls were smaller - but I think it was more genetics than anything else. My 1st was 5lbs 13 oz and my 2nd was 6lbs 11 oz. But they were both healthy happy babies. Also know that tapering off methadone while pregnant is VERY dangerous and put the fetus's life at risk. The goal here is for mom to remain abstinent from illicit drug use and for mom to stay on a dose that keeps her comfortable during pregnancy so the baby is born healthy and happy. Methadone is an amazing medication that has helped so many men and women turn their lives around. If you were to have not gotten on methadone and then gotten pregnant your babies outcome could be a lot worse, maybe if you can try to explain this to your family.
I am more than willing to answer any questions you have or I would be more than happy to talk to your mom or boyfriend. My cell number is listed below this post and every post I make. Or you can contact me here. It may take time to get through to them, but i can certainly try my best to help you. It is what I am here for.
Hang in there! I am glad you found our site and again congrats on your pregnancy!
Hugs, Jessica
p.s. the quote you copied and pasted to your post... I just wanted to let you know that Susie is no longer with us here on this site and I am now the administrator/pregnancy support specialist and Sharon who is absolutely AMAZING is available to me 24-7 if I need her help here or advice on anything related to methadone and pregnancy and the women here!

Jessica (Jensen) Silansky, CMA
Primary Pregnancy Support Specialist
Substance Abuse Counselor
Certified Methadone Advocate
Certified Hepatitis C Basic Educator
Member of NAADAC, AATOD & MOAR
Passed CADAC1 exam
Jessica@MethadoneSupport.org
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Jessica1381
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 Posted July 5th, 2010 11:13 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Oh as I just mentioned tapering while pregnant is VERY dangerous for the baby. Your family needs to understand that this can cause you to miscarriage. Tapering your dose can cause you to have withdrawals and those withdrawals ARE felt by the fetus/baby and can cause you to lose the baby. It can also case pre-term labor which comes with its own set of problems and sometimes if a baby is born too early they do not make it because they are not developed enough. Those are just a couple things that can happen if you were to chose to taper off methadone while pregnant. Even if you were to do it very slow- just note this fact as well: even if you dont feel any withdrawals doesn't mean the baby doesn't and remember how much smaller a baby is... this is not easy for them to handle while in utero and not fully developed. They should not be tapered off methadone until they are full term and born. this is where they can be treated and watched by the hospital staff closely. Let me also tell you that hospitals know how to treat babies with nas and it is easily treatable. Once its over thats it! Methadone, again will not cause any long term or short term issues. No growth or developmental once either not now or ever... It is very safe and has been used for years and years and years for opiate addicted women who are pregnant or for women on pain management. Its very safe!
\Hang in there!
Call me if you need to talk! I will help anyway I can!
Hugs!
Jessica

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Primary Pregnancy Support Specialist
Substance Abuse Counselor
Certified Methadone Advocate
Certified Hepatitis C Basic Educator
Member of NAADAC, AATOD & MOAR
Passed CADAC1 exam
Jessica@MethadoneSupport.org
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NikkiMia
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 Posted August 1st, 2010 08:01 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Hi all! My name is Nikki, I'm due on September 20th with a baby girl and on 60mg a day. Just wanted to quickly introduce myself because I plan on posting a couple of questions. I will write more when time allows!
   
Jessica1381
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 Posted August 2nd, 2010 11:24 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Welcome Nikki!!!!
Feel free to ask as many questions as you need too! If you need to talk feel free to also call or text me. My cell number is listed below all my posts! Congrats on your pregnancy and WELCOME to our family!!!!
Hugs, Jessica

Jessica (Jensen) Silansky, CMA
Primary Pregnancy Support Specialist
Substance Abuse Counselor
Certified Methadone Advocate
Certified Hepatitis C Basic Educator
Member of NAADAC, AATOD & MOAR
Passed CADAC1 exam
Jessica@MethadoneSupport.org
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babylove
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 Posted September 25th, 2010 10:31 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Hi my name is Nicole and I am very happy to be a new member to this site, I have been trying unsucsessfully to register to this site for weeks, so I am so glad that I am finally a member!

I am currently 29 weeks pregnant wit my 2nd child on methadone. I just wanted to say hello, and I will be posting some questions later, when I have more time. Thanks.
   
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 Posted September 25th, 2010 10:33 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Oh, I forgot to mention I am 29 weeks pregnant with a baby girl due December 1st.
   
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 Posted November 11th, 2010 08:26 AM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
hi ..My name is Greg and I am from Oklahoma. My wife and I just had a baby boy on the 5th. We are both on MMT, and boy I can't begin to describe the resistance, discrimination, bigotry, and all-out disgust that we have been met with from the birth center nursing staff all the way to the social worker who is currently doing all she can to have our son removed from our care and placed in foster care. We are terribly frustrated and scared to death.
   
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 Posted November 12th, 2010 07:47 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Hello, My name is Sarah I am 26 and live in New Jersey and I am new to this site. I am so happy to have found this website because I need information and have no one to talk to. I am 30 weeks pregnant with a girl (ariella) and this is my first child. I am so scared to be on methadone and pregnant, I dont want my baby to suffer for my mistakes and I feel so selfish for what I am doing. My family does not know I am on methadone and have no idea what to say when the baby doesn't come home with me. I can not tell them they will not understand at all. I haven't done any illegal drugs since April 19th, which is a blessing and the longest I ever had. If anyone could give me advice or any support I would be greatful. My anxiety is crazy thinking about all this and no one to talk too.
Sarah

   
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 Posted November 12th, 2010 11:35 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Greg, first i want to say congrats on your new son and welcome to the site. Im really in shock of whats going on with you guys and i feel that you need to talk to Jess asap. She runs this site and works in this feild, she will help you in every way you can think of. As of right now she just got off the plane from her honeymoon, im going to call her first thing 2moro morning and let her know about your situation. If you can please let me know whats going on, im extremely concerned about you and want to know your situation a lil more so we can help. Being on MMT is no suitable reason for your son to be taken away, is there anything else going on??? Im sorry you had to go through that at the birthing center, some places are either just not educated on the situation or they go by their own opinions instead of facts about MMT! It shouldnt be this way, thats why Sharon (founder of this site) and others work so hard to change things. please let us know how we can help, get back to me so i can have a # for Jess to talk to you and your wife. I erge you both to not go through this alone, you need people who are going to fight for you and your son and this is the place! Going through this alone will not help you or your wife, i will also post mine and Jess's cell numbers below please call Jess asap, have your wife call her or myself also, she needs to speak to other women that have been in her shoes, its very important that the both of you have support i cant stress it enough! I also much say if you have time read as much as you can on this site, educate yourself, know your rights and your sons! My heart is with you all!
Janella
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Janella (me)-781 484 8185

Janella
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Bella81
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 Posted November 12th, 2010 11:58 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Sarah, i have to start by saying congrats about the baby, and welcome to the site. I love the name you picked out too its beautiful. You have definitely come to the right place to find all the info you need, get any questioned answered and more support you can handle! All the women on here are amazing and have been in or are in the same situation now! I need you to understand that your baby will not suffer what so ever, NAS (infant withdrawels) is easily treated, your baby will be kept comfortable and i promise its not like what we go through! I thought the same thing when i got pregnant, i was insane with anxiety, quilt, and didnt know what to do! NAS, like i said is treated so easily 3-6weeks (give or take a lil more or lil less) and once its done its done, thats it and you will never ever have to look back. Your dosage has no bearing on the health, growth or how much treatment she will need when she's out! Its has no lasting effects. Your not being selfish for being on methadone, just by having the strength to make this decision to go on methadone proves right there what an amazing mother your gonna be and already are! Your not doing drugs anymore and putting her or yourself at risk. Your giving her the chance to grow,mature and develop with out drugs causing any stress or problems for her. It got you out of that life style that could have ended up killing her or you. Your not the only one here that dont want family to know, and there is ways around it. You have to tell the hospital staff the situation and by law they have to excuse anyone in the room during a visite to discuss treatment for your baby. They are usually really good about that! Try not to worry, your doing great, look at all the time you have girl!
Now what im gonna stress to you is to read everything you can read on this site on both forums "methadone pregnancy info&diiscussion" and "methadone pregnancy information" even if you might think you dont relate to the subject topic read it anyways cause it always gets off topic and goes everywhere! lol! so read read read!
Jess will help you with everything you need also, shes the administrator and works in this specualizes in pregnant women on methadone! Shes great and like all of us has been through it herself (twice actually)! She is always available and so are all of us ok! welcome, i hope this calmed your nerves some. Feel free to ask any questions, ask away!
Janella
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Marlogirl
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 Posted November 12th, 2010 11:58 PM   IP           Reply with quote Edit Post Delete post
Sarah , I know how hard it is to try and get ppl that have never had a drug problem to understand what we go through, but your not alone! Many women on this site are going through what you are or have went through it. Jessica and Janella will better explain things to you and give you better advice than I can. I would suggest that you post a new tread so that it will get noticed faster and they will help you. I do know that the hospital by law can NOT discuss you or your childs health with anyone but you, so make sure the hospital knows this when the time comes and as Jessica suggested to another member make sure you tell each staff everyday, each shift so they don't slip up. You have no reason what so ever to feel selfish, you have done what is best for you and your child. Just think of what would be going on if you had chose not to get on Methadone. It's very safe and even though the baby does go through some withdrawls, it is not life threating and once it's over, it's over. No long term side effects what so ever. Congrats on your pregnancy and I wish you the best of luck!
Marlena
   



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